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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- Columbus Navigates (PDF)(317 KB)
Columbus, Ohio officials investigating how and why streetcars might again drive the development of their city invited RAIL to observe and participate in their work. In this exclusive, behind-the-scenes account, we track the ideas, plans, studies and decisions that constitute the building of a rail system -- from the ground up.
- Leading from the Front (PDF)(581 KB)
A conversation with recently confirmed Federal Transit Administrator James Simpson is something akin to a roller coaster ride. A man of incredible energy and affability, Simpson is clearly an enthusiastic advocate for passenger rail. He wants to discuss his ideas and goals for transit -- and they emerge with the passion and conviction of an accomplished individual accustomed to success. He's a pilot, a model-rail hobbyist and holds a tractor-trailer truck license. In many ways, James Simpson is a transportation renaissance man.
- RAIL Magazine's Priorities for Building Passenger Rail (PDF)(51 KB)
Building on our recommendations for National Rail Security in our previous edition of RAIL, we have similarly developed a set of priorities for communities building passenger rail systems. Considering our profiles of Columbus, Phoenix, Nashville, and Kirkwood as case studies -- systems that perfectly represent the 21st Century approach to passenger rail.
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