The United States has the world's largest railway network covering 48 states with a distance of 240,000 kms. Currently major part of the rail network is used to transport cargo. The freight trains are given the highest priority over passenger trains.
01. Why Rail Transport in America?
Trains in America are very popular because of the on board social atmosphere, the spacious environment of the cars, different routes having beautiful natural scenarios and the total solace of the train ride. When you travel from one coast of United States to another, you can experience one of the memorable and exciting train journeys in the world. This train trip is affordable and you can enjoy the different classes of accommodation and comforts.
02. The best time to travel by train in America
The peak season when travel is most active and rates are highest is from April to September. If you are visiting the U.S. and plan to use the train services too much then the spring and autumn seasons are the best because during these seasons the ticket prices will be less and you can view the beautiful natural scenarios. During summer season and national holidays the trains will be crowded.
03. Train Timings and Brochures in the US
The major train operators in America have their official websites that you visit and gather information about the timings, on-board facilities, discounts and the routes. The brochures published by Amtrak are also available at many staffed stations and be ordered online. Also for every route a leaflet with the timings and the facilities available on-board is also provided.
04. Amtrak in the US
The intercity passenger train service in United States is provided by a government-owned corporation, National Railroad Passenger Corporation called Amtrak. "Amtrak" is derived from two words "America" and "track". Its headquarters is located at Union Station in Washington, D.C. Click here to visit the official website of Amtrak to find out more details about the tickets, rail pass, new routes...
05. American Commuter Rail Systems
In Large American cities, commuter rail systems provide common carrier passenger transportation along railway tracks. These systems connect the suburbs with their respective metro area?s central metropolis. These systems are very useful when you are getting out of the city for a day or a weekend holiday.
06. List of all commuter rail systems in America
You can visit the official websites and gather information about the ticket fares, the train timings and schedules, routes, discounts and offers.
07. Rapid Transit in United States of America
- Long Island Rail Road - serves the length of Long Island in New York. It is the busiest commuter railroad in North America, serving about 83 million passengers each year.
- New Jersey Transit Rail Operations - provides regional rail service in New Jersey, with most service centered on transportation to and from New York City, Hoboken, and Newark.
- Metra - serves Chicago and its metropolitan area through 240 stations on 11 different rail lines.
- Metro-North Railroad - runs service between New York City to its northern suburbs in New York and Connecticut.
- MBTA Commuter Rail - provides rail service as far south as Warwick, Rhode Island, and as far north as Newburyport and as far west as Worcester, in Massachusetts.
- SEPTA Regional Rail - serves Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia Counties.
- Caltrain - serves link between San Francisco and San Mateo and Santa Clara counties.
- Metrolink - operates lines in Ventura County, Los Angeles County, San Bernardino County, Riverside County, Orange County, and San Diego County
- Virginia Railway Express - connects the Northern Virginia suburbs to Union Station in Washington, D.C., via two lines: the Fredericksburg Line from Fredericksburg, Virginia, and the Manassas Line from Broad Run/Airport station in Bristow, Virginia.
- Tri-Rail - provides rail services from Miami to Fort Lauderdale to Palm Beach.
- South Shore Line - operates between Millennium Station in downtown Chicago and the South Bend Regional Airport in South Bend, Indiana.
- Sound Transit - operates from Seattle, Washington, to Everett in the north and to Tacoma in the south.
- Trinity Railway Express - provides service between Fort Worth & Dallas.
- Capitol Corridor - operates daily from the San Francisco Bay Area to Sacramento.
- FrontRunner - provides rail service in the northern portion of the Wasatch Front from Salt Lake Central Station to Ogden Union Station.
- New Mexico Rail Runner Express - serves the metropolitan areas of Albuquerque and Santa Fe, New Mexico.
- Altamont Commuter Express - rail service in California connecting Stockton with San Jose.
- Northstar Line - provides commuter rail service from downtown Minneapolis to Big Lake.
- Shore Line East - provides weekly rail service along the Northeast Corridor from New London west to New Haven, with continuing service to Bridgeport and Stamford.
- Capital MetroRail - serves the Greater Austin, Texas connecting Downtown Austin with Austin's northern suburbs.
- Westside Express Service - provides rail service between Beaverton and Wilsonville, Oregon.
- Music City Star - a regional rail service running between Nashville and Lebanon, Tennessee.
A Rapid Transit system is an electric railway for passengers that can handle high volume of passengers and travel with high speed. They are usually located in underground tunnels or on elevated structures above road levels. A rapid transit is popularly known as underground, subway, elevated railway, metro or metropolitan railway.
You can visit the official websites and gather information about the prices of the tickets, timings and schedules of the train, routes, discounts and offers.
- New York City Subway - one of the oldest and extensive transport system with 468 stations covering 337 km of routes.
- Washington Metro - the rapid transit system in Washington, D.C., United States, and its surrounding suburbs.
- Chicago Transit Authority - operates within the City of Chicago, Illinois and some of its surrounding suburbs.
- MTBA Rapid Transit - provides rapid transit services in Massachusetts Bay.
- Bay Area Rapid Transit - a rapid transit system serving the San Francisco Bay Area.
- Market?Frankford Line - is a rapid transit line in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Broad Street Line - is a rapid transit line operated by the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority that runs from Fern Rock Transportation Center in North Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Pattison Avenue in South Philadelphia.
- Port Authority Trans-Hudson - is a rapid transit railroad linking Manhattan, New York with New Jersey, and providing service to Jersey City, Hoboken, Harrison, and Newark.
- Metro Rail (Los Angeles County) - the rapid transit rail system serving Los Angeles County, California.
- Baltimore Metro Subway - is a rapid transit line serving the greater Baltimore, Maryland, United States area
- PATCO Speedline - a rapid transit system operated by the Port Authority Transit Corporation, which runs between Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Camden County, New Jersey.
- RTA Rapid Transit - a rapid transit and light rail system in Cleveland and Cuyahoga County owned by the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA).
- Staten Island Railway - runs 24 hours daily between the St. George and Tottenville stations.