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 25
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- Commentary: RAIL Magazine's Priorities for High-Speed and Intercity Passenger Rail (PDF)(93 KB)
- The Industry Responds: A Roundtable Discussion on the Direction of High-Speed and Intercity Passenger Rail in the United States (PDF)(125 KB)
- Waiting on a Train: The Embattled Future of Passenger Rail Service (PDF)(142 KB)
Interview with author James McCommons
After spending years as a travelling journalist on many modes of transportation across the country, James McCommons decided to take a year travelling exclusively by trains to encounter the full scope of passenger rail in America. Along the way, he rode nearly all of Amtrak's routes and met with many of the most prominent leaders, advocates, officials in passenger rail today, but also interacted with scores of riders.
- The Growing Demand for Public Transportation in Texas' Large Urbanized Areas (PDF)(315 KB)
by Barry Goodman
This article is excerpted from testimony given by Barry Goodman, Principle, the Goodman Corporation, before the Texas State Senate Committee on Transportation and Homeland Security, on May 3, 2010.
- The Value of Good Design for Passenger Rail (PDF)(505 KB)
by Cesar Vergara
Does good design and imaging help produce a successful rail service? Can good industrial design help the rail industry beat the odds and produce products that develop loyalty, and pride of both the user and the employee?
- A Project to Rebuild America (PDF)(453 KB)
by Rich Sampson
As we've met and communicated with passenger rail experts, observers, professionals and leaders over the 25 editions that now comprise the RAIL Magazine catalogue, certain sentiments have regularly emerged: that if a significant and reliable source of investment were ever secured, there would be ample opportunities and energy ready to deploy high-speed and intercity rail projects. In short, many states and communities were gearing up for a future where passenger rail would be a key component in an intermodal surface transportation network.
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