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RAIL 22 Cover: A rendering of the Los Angeles Exposition Light Rail Line

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.

RAIL Magazine: Issue 22

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  • Charlotte LYNX: A Rail History Lesson (PDF) (295 KB)
    by Rich Sampson
    Similar to many cities in the southern United States, Charlotte has experienced a rapid increase in population since the mid-1970s, largely fueled by the region's significant financial and banking sector. But, like nearly every American city, its establishment was fostered by the railroads.
  • Only in Las Vegas (PDF) (621 KB)
    by Rich Sampson
    With its string of lavishly illuminated hotels, casinos and other entertainment trappings coloring the Nevada desert, Las Vegas is like no place else. Befitting its host region, the sleek-nosed trains plying the single-beam trackway of the Las Vegas Monorail is like no other public transit system.
  • Remembering When There Used to be a Station...Right Here (PDF) (175 KB)
    by Scott Bogren
    It's a nice hotel -- a Hilton -- located conveniently by Indianapolis's famed Monument Circle and directly adjacent to the Indiana State Capital. Today, one can scarcely imagine that at that site, for nearly 70 years, stood one of the world's foremost passenger rail terminals, a grand station that served as the hub of the Indiana interurban network that once connected together nearly the entire Hoosier state. There used to be a train station...right here.
  • RAIL Magazine's Priorities for the Nation's Passenger Rail Network (PDF) (58 KB)
    On Feb. 17, President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act into law. It provides the largest single-year investment in passenger rail, and public and community transit in our nation's history, a total of $17.7 billion. In this spirit, we've prepared a set of priorities to leverage the opportunity of this moment into a lasting presence for passenger rail in America.
  • The South Lake Union Streetcar (PDF) (231 KB)
    by Scott Bogren
    Last December, the Seattle, Wash., Streetcar -- known locally as the South Lake Union Streetcar -- celebrated its first year of operation with a two-week period of free rides. The system had much to celebrate, including more than half a million riders in year one, far exceeding expectations.
  • Two Rail Lines, One Mission: Connecting Southern California (PDF) (419 KB)
    by Rich Sampson
    Over the last two decades, Los Angeles has undertaken a conscious and substantive approach to improving its mobility options through passenger rail projects. From the 388-mile Metrolink commuter rail network to the region's two subway and three light rail routes, an area known for automobile exclusivity has become anything but. Having established a real presence for passenger rail, the region is now preparing even greater rail transit resources: the Gold Line Eastside Extension and the EXPO Line.

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