RAIL Magazine, Connecting Communities by Moving People, is a quarterly publication produced by the Community Transportation Association of America. In its pages, we chronicle the resurgence and revitalization of the passenger rail in all its forms - intercity, commuter, subways and metros, light rail, streetcars and trolleys, and more - across North America. We focus on how communities of all sizes build innovative, cost-efficient and successful rail operations to better mobilize people. The stories of these vital rail systems are told not only in the kind of equipment they operate or the stations that they build, but the equally important elements of community partnerships, intermodalism, land-use and development, investment strategies, and other aspects that are essential to vital passenger rail networks.
Each edition of RAIL offers thoughtful commentary from leaders in the passenger rail industry, news updates on rail projects across the continent, in-depth features chronicling the best in passenger rail, and helpful reviews of rail equipment, books and media, and more, all of which convey the history and direction of contemporary passenger rail.
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- Making up for Lost Time (PDF) (637 KB)
Buffalo's Central Terminal complex might be the most physically imposing passenger rail structure yet created in the western hemisphere. Despite the manifestations of grandeur that constituted Central Terminal, it tragically has been the unwitting victim of bad timing.
- The Grand Central Terminal of the West (PDF)(882 KB)
The era of the great rail station was once thought to be over. But in downtown San Francisco plans are underway to build a 1 million squarefoot station that does more than merely hark back to passenger rail's history: the proposed new Transbay Terminal just might usher in a new era of grand, multi-modal transit centers.
- A National Treasure: Wilmington's Frank Furness Railroad District (PDF)(0.99 MB)
The busiest passenger rail tracks in the nation, those of the Northeast Corridor, gently rise above downtown Wilmington, Del., offering riders a panoramic view of a city in transformation. Unbeknownst to many, the view includes an unparalleled collection of rail buildings and stations designed by renowned American architect Frank Furness.
- Service Everywhere -- From the Heart of America (PDF)(620 KB)
To argue that a sense of the city's railroading history permeates Kansas City Union Station is an understatement. There can be no mistake upon entering the doors of the facility -- opened on Oct. 30, 1914 -- that the station played an essential role in shaping the nation's railroading destiny. Today, travelers can still board daily trains to Chicago, St. Louis, Albuquerque and Los Angeles, while also experiencing cultural attractions, shops and restaurants in a location that's not only in the heart of America, but has also become the heart of Kansas City.
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