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Opening Arguments


Train travel makes a comeback:


There has been a 51% increase in ridership from 2001 to 2013 on Amtrak rail lines alone, according to Jim Mathews, the president of National Association of Railroad Passengers. More business travelers, students and people from the Northeast, Midwest and Western United States are turning to trains for their work and vacation travels.

Matt Hardison, a spokesman for Amtrak, the national rail operator, says the longstanding rumors from the 1980s that passenger rail is dying have changed. In the past 10 to 15 years, rail travel has seen a significant rise in ridership. "Rail has seen a real renaissance in the last decade," he says. "It's been a great time to be here. People are turning to rail for inter-city travel."

From October 2012 to September 2013, "Amtrak welcomed aboard nearly 31.6 million passengers, the largest annual total in its history," according to its website. Some rail stations are brimming at capacity, Hardison says. For example, Pennsylvania Station in New York sees 650,000 passengers a day buzzing through. The Northeast Corridor, Amtrak's busiest railroad, has more than 2,200 trains operating on the Washington-Boston route each day.

When getting there quickly isn't an issue, train travel is about the best. It's a lot less hassle than air travel, and more upscale than taking the bus. Yeah, old-fashioned maybe, but comfortable and relaxed.

Be nice to have train service here again, huh? Then they could put a Hardee's and an MCL in the train station.

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Larry Morris
Tue, 10/21/2014 - 9:55am

 Try "the city of New Orleans", one of the best still around.  Runs from New Orleans to Chicago and back again.  This iconic run, immortalized in the song of the same name, is always on time and the food in the dining car was outstanding on our trip.  The best ride around if you travel first class, you can almost hear the song in the background as you look out the window.