Railroads Made Atlantic City a Reality
A new transit center will be built at Pennsauken, linking Northeast Corridor passengers to the Atlantic City line. Reporter John Froonjian notes that ridership is expected to increase 20% with the connection.
Historian Niceler explains that Atlantic City only exists because of railroads:
"The city's founding in 1854 was based on a simple calculation: Start at Philadelphia and draw a straight line to the Atlantic Ocean."
Two competing private rail lines offered service out to Atlantic City, culminating in price wars that made a trip to the beach mecca affordable to most.