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 23
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- RAIL Magazine's Priorities for Regional Rail Systems (PDF)(46 KB)
- The Zephyr: Precursor to the DMU (PDF)(314 KB)
by the contributors of Train-Spotting World The Pioneer Zephyr is a diesel-powered railroad trainset built by the Budd Company in 1934 for the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad (CB&Q), commonly known by the shorter name of Burlington. The train, which featured extensive use of stainless steel, was originally named Zephyr and was meant as a promotional tool to advertise passenger rail service in the United States.
- Take the A-Train (PDF)(325 KB)
by Rich Sampson
Near the end of 2010, the Green Line light-rail route of the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) network will open for service, reaching its northernmost station in the city of Carrollton. And while that project represents a wealth of opportunities and benefits for the Dallas region, this is not a story is not about DART's Green Line, but rather the new regional rail service that will also call there: the A-Train to Denton County.
- Rolling on the River (PDF)(2.24 MB)
by Baird Bream
New Jersey Transit's River LINE is an interurban rail system -- a hybrid operation also known as regional rail that mixes the service offerings of both commuter rail and light rail into a system that is uncommon in the United States.
- Capital MetroRail's Red Line: Austin's Initial Foray into Rail (PDF)(1.36 MB)
by Scott Bogren
Austin, Texas can claim many titles -- the state capital of Texas, the Silicon Hills, college town and the self-proclaimed Live Music Capital of the World. Another title is one of the nation's fastest growing and rapidly expanding cities and regions -- and soon, a new home to regional passenger rail.
- SPRINTER: Rails to the Heart of San Diego's North County (PDF)(247 KB)
by Gena Holle
On the sandy shores of the Pacific Ocean between Los Angeles and San Diego is the appropriately-named city of Oceanside. Beyond its crowded beaches and coastal breezes is the Oceanside Transit Center, a waterfront destination for Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner and augmented by Metrolink commuter trains to north Los Angeles and COASTER trains heading south to San Diego. And as of March 9, 2008, the Oceanside also hosts the SPRINTER regional rail service of the North County Transit District (NCTD).
- Westside Story (PDF)(335 KB)
by Rich Sampson
The groves of green pines and oftslate grey skies of Beaverton, Ore., are a sure signal of the city's location in the Pacific Northwest. But beyond these iconic natural features is a more recent addition to the region's identity that equally marks its Pacific Northwest bona fides: a new and innovative passenger rail service, in the form of the Westside Express Service (WES).
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