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 24
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- RAIL Magazine's Priorities for Building Connections Between Air and Rail (PDF)(75 KB)
- Planes, Trains and Airports (PDF)(756 KB)
by Rich Sampson
The familiar, but sudden jolt that accompanies the meeting of wheels with runway, closely followed by the quickly enveloping rush of the reverse thrusters are a signal to many travelers that their air travel experience has concluded. Cell phones and email devices are reactivated in a flurry, seatbelts are loosened and many air passengers begin contemplating how they navigate their way to their ultimate destination. Increasingly, that connection from air to destination involves a train.
- Leveraging Air-Rail Connections to the Benefit of the Transportation System and its Passengers (PDF)(253 KB)
by Stephen Van Beek, Ph.D
Over the last two years, the most significant change in U.S. transportation policy has been the passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) and its $8 billion investment in passenger rail. This includes funding support for dedicated highspeed rail corridors, such as those in California and Florida, and existing rail corridors where passenger and freight rail share track infrastructure. Since ARRA's passage, the Congress passed another $2.5 billion in intercity passenger rail support for Fiscal Year (FY) 2010 and the Obama Administration has included $1 billion in its FY 2011 budget proposal -- with many congressional advocates likely to press for even higher funding levels.
- Hopping a Train to Hopkins: Cleveland's Rail-Air Connection -- the Nation's First -- Builds on Success (PDF)(471 KB)
by Scott Bogren
Every year, more than 11 million people pass through Cleveland, Ohio's Hopkins International Airport. Few likely realize, however, the astounding number of safety, efficiency and technological advances that were first introduced at Hopkins. Of course for the purposes of RAIL Magazine, the most important innovation at Hopkins occurred in 1968 when it became the first U.S. airport to be directly connected to a regional rail transit system. This direct access between downtown Cleveland and the airport continues to this day. As more than 30,000 passengers and employees use the Cleveland Regional Transit Authority's (RTA) Cleveland Hopkins International Airport station every month.
- Railroads in the African-American Experience (PDF)(111 KB)
book review by Samuel Augustus Jennings
Theodore Kornweibel, Jr.'s Railroads in the African-American Experience thoroughly documents -- in painstaking and often tedious detail -- the history of the connection between railroads and African-Americans. It is not always a pleasant history and the author plainly details the suffering and violence inflicted on African American -- and female -- railroad employees and passengers throughout the history of the United States.
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