Amtrak Trains

Posted: August 31, 2011 in Types of Trains

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Today it can be increasingly evident that the United States can’t rely solely upon further huge construction of highways and airports to meet its transportation requirements. The strangulation of our central cities together with such environmental problems as air and noise pollution, excessive land use and dislocation of persons make unrestricted expansion of these facilities impractical and hazardous.

By the year 2000, our urban population will have added one hundred million additional consumers. To handle this tremendous tide of travelers, auto, air and bus method ought to be supplemented by a swift and efficient rail passenger service. It is going to be vitally needed to restore an necessary balance to the total transportation complex.

To revitalize rail service, two factors ought to happen: (1) Present downward trends of ridership and revenue need to be reversed; and (two) Uneconomic services should be curtailed.

On Could 1, the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (AMTRAK) began operating the nation’s intercity passenger railroads, aimed at performing specifically that.

For the very first time in history, a unified, centrally-managed, nationwide rail passenger network will deliver uniform and rising standards of service for all United States citizens.

The only viable indicates of insuring the survival and eventual expansion of intercity passenger service is always to commence out having a lean and muscular standard rail network, zero cost of the duplicate services and hopelessly uneconomic routes, and the inevitable monetary burdens they produce.

Within the complicated and arduous process of selecting the routes to constitute the new program, several criteria were cautiously applied.

These were:

Market chance: Adequate population along the routes and also the promise of adequate passenger site visitors between key cities enroute.

Expense economics: Evaluation of the losses experienced over existing route and by individual trains operating over these routes.

Ridership: Current and past ridership along routes and on precise trains. This measure was employed cautiously since it was realized that poor service inside the past could have driven away riders who under far better conditions could have been shoppers.

Physical characteristics: Current conditions of track and roadbed, especially as it may possibly effect speed, safety, and future capital demands. Also unusual natural beauty along the routes.

Option modes: Adequacy of other means of travel for the public on routes to be eliminated.

These criteria represented a logical approach to creating the challenging possibilities in between route alternatives. The criteria were applied conscientiously and as uniformly as doable against each of the routes to be deemed.

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