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Amtrak Will Likely Break Ridership Record This Year

Despite closures and delays on major lines, passenger rail travel is set to break pre-pandemic records.

June 19, 2024 - Reuters

Amtrak train at Union Station with Chicago skyline in background.

St. Paul-to-Chicago Borealis Rail Line Launches

The Amtrak service, 12 years in the making, doubles the number of available trips on the corridor.

June 13, 2024 - Route Fifty

Rendering of proposed Dallas station for Texas Central bullet train.

Will Texas Really Get a Bullet Train?

While state leaders remain silent, federal transportation officials are touting the proposed project’s benefits.

May 23, 2024 - Bloomberg CityLab

Acela train at Wilmington station in Wilmington, Delaware.

The Passenger Rail Revival Is Here

For the first time in decades, multiple rail projects are moving forward that could have a transformative impact on train travel in the United States.

May 21, 2024 - Route Fifty

Rail tracks on the left, rustic log-built train station painted reddish brown with a green metal roof and concrete platform on the right, evergreen forest and bright blue sky with fluffy white clouds in the background.

More Passenger Rail Coming to Montana

Planning is underway to restore a 45-year-defunct regional passenger rail line connecting southern Montana to Billings and Amtrak’s east-west Empire Builder line from Seattle to Chicago.

May 14, 2024 - 8KPAX

A Brightline train leaving the Fort Lauderdale Station.

Brightline Founder Predicts a Passenger Rail Resurgence

The HSR operator wants to expand to more US regions.

April 29, 2024 - Bloomberg CityLab

Rendering of Brightline West train passing through Southern California desert

Brightline West Breaks Ground

The high-speed rail line will link Las Vegas and the Los Angeles area.

April 23, 2024 - KTLA

Amtrak train passing over tall trestle bridge on California coast at Gaviota Beach.

LA-to-San Francisco Night Train Closer to Reality

A train operator has entered into formal negotiations with Union Pacific to move the project forward with a projected launch date of 2025.

March 27, 2024 - SFGate

View looking down train tracks at San Clemente, California with grassy beach dunes and blue lifeguard tower on right side.

Southern California Rail Service Resumes After Landslide

The corridor has been closed multiple times in the past year as erosion and landslides put coastal rail infrastructure in jeopardy.

March 25, 2024 - Mass Transit

TOD Opportunities Around America's First True High-Speed Rail Line

Brightline West hopes to break ground, in anticipation of a 2027 opening. Cities in the Inland Empire and High Desert areas of Southern California are looking to take advantage.

February 14, 2024 - California Planning & Development Report

Silver and blue train passing by on track at the edge of Pacific Ocean in San Clemente, California.

Storms Sever California Rail Line—Again

The coast-hugging rail corridor linking Los Angeles and San Diego faces an uncertain future as mudslides once again force part of the line to close.

February 6, 2024 - Smart Cities Dive

Rendering of Brightline West high-speed rail station in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Southwest High-Speed Rail Project Awarded $2.5 Billion in Private Bonds

The Brightline West line will break ground this year.

January 25, 2024 - KTNV

View of wide, deserted-looking street with arched sign reading "Fresno - Best little city in the U.S.A. - Van Ness Avenue - Entrance" in Fresno, California.

Fresno Pins Economic Hopes on High-Speed Rail

The Central Valley town anticipates an economic boost when the long-awaited California High-Speed Rail begins operations.

January 10, 2024 - CALmatters

Amtrak train passing over bridge on Alviso Marsh near San Jose, California.

Planning Year in Review 2023: Zoning Reform, a Rail Revolution, and Climate Realities

Last year’s most talked-about planning issues and news.

January 8, 2024 - Diana Ionescu

Aerial view of yellow Brightline high-speed rail train in Deerfield Beach, Florida.

A Passenger Rail Revolution?

An injection of federal funding could help make train travel a key component of the U.S. transportation network.

December 27, 2023 - Route Fifty

Texas Eagle Amtrak train pulling into station in Austin, Texas with glass high-rise buildings in background.

Texas DOT to Explore Passenger Rail

The agency’s plan to study potential passenger rail routes is giving hope to transit advocates in the historically car-oriented state.

December 21, 2023 - Texas Monthly

Close-up of 'To Trains' sign above blurred train platform in Washington, D.C.

Federal Grants for Passenger Rail Top $8 Billion

The Federal Railroad Administration announced the grants to dozens of projects for expanding or building new rail corridors.

December 11, 2023 - Mass Transit

Close-up of old-fashioned trains departure board with yellow text on black background in Boston, Massachusetts train station.

The Bright Future of U.S. Passenger Rail

High-speed rail may still be a distant vision in the United States, but conventional passenger rail is having a resurgence.

November 14, 2023 - Fast Company

Trinity Railway Express train painted with Texas flag at station in Dallas, Texas.

Revitalizing Texas: Sustainable Rail Solutions

An argument for why investing in trains is the key to sustainable growth and economic success in the Lone Star State.

November 8, 2023 - Mustafa Haque

Close-up of Amtrak logo on blue passenger train stopped at outdoor station platform.

Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor Awarded $16.4 Billion in Federal Funds

The funding will support track construction, bridge replacement, and other upgrades to make passenger train service faster and more reliable.

November 7, 2023 - Streetsblog Massachusetts

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