|Millenial Rail Project route map|
|Philly welders, showing off their skills at a street fair|
You might say this is all dreamers and upstarts. But intercity rail ridership is breaking records nearly every year, with Amtrak ridership going up by 49% since 2000. The northeast corridor, alone, grew ridership by 4.8% in the last year. This growth, higher than population and GDP is indicative of a shift; something out there is changing. People are voting with their feet and wallets, and train travel for business and pleasure is increasingly their choice. The simple conclusion? Cities with good passenger rail service will attract people and reap the economic benefits, and those without will likely not.
Forty years ago, Arlo Guthrie sang bittersweetly about the train called "The City of New Orleans" and its demise. So here's to a resurgence in the coming years and decades.
Throughout this blog, I'll report on planned service expansions, and make my own recommendations on how to improve service and better integrate it into the fiber of our cities and towns. Stay tuned.