History UsefulNotes / Amtrak

25th Dec '16 9:28:19 AM ADrago
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* Penn Station, UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity is the busiest station in the United States. The original station was a beaux-arts masterpiece that was controversially [[PermanentlyMissableContent demolished]] in 1964 to build the new Madison Square Garden, and the entire station complex is now underground. Amtrak is currently planning to move the station to the James Farley Post Office and will rename it Moynihan Station in honor of the late U.S. Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, who created the idea of rebuilding the historic Penn Station. However, due to lack of funds and various political infighting this plan is currently stuck in DevelopmentHell, meaning the current overcrowded Penn Station will likely remain in use for quite some time to come.

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* Penn Station, UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity is the busiest station in the United States. The original station was a beaux-arts masterpiece that was controversially [[PermanentlyMissableContent demolished]] demolished in 1964 to build the new Madison Square Garden, and the entire station complex is now underground. Amtrak is currently planning to move the station to the James Farley Post Office and will rename it Moynihan Station in honor of the late U.S. Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, who created the idea of rebuilding the historic Penn Station. However, due to lack of funds and various political infighting this plan is currently stuck in DevelopmentHell, meaning the current overcrowded Penn Station will likely remain in use for quite some time to come.
22nd Dec '16 9:51:04 AM Jhonny
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Amtrak, the UsefulNotes/{{trademark}} name of The National Passenger Railway Corporation, is the national railway of the United States. Privately-owned passenger trains in the US had always operated at a loss or barely covering costs[[note]]They were mostly intended as a loss leader to get [=CEOs=] to sign on to lucrative freight contracts and/or to make land of places served more lucrative[[/note]], as with most passenger rail lines in the world. As car ownership and passenger flights exploded following UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, many railroad companies were going out of business, in part because the government required them to provide passenger service. In 1969, the largest bankruptcy in history at that point was the Penn Central Railroad[[note]]A merger of two major East Coast railways, which arguably massively botched the merging process at a time when they could not afford to make any mistakes[[/note]], essentially bankrupted by money-losing passenger service, and it proceeded to get worse (more big railroads would go under) if something wasn't done.

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Amtrak, the UsefulNotes/{{trademark}} name of The National Passenger Railway Corporation, is the national railway of the United States. Privately-owned passenger trains in the US had always operated at a loss or barely covering costs[[note]]They were mostly intended as a loss leader to get [=CEOs=] to sign on to lucrative freight contracts and/or to make land of places served more lucrative[[/note]], as with most passenger rail lines in the world. As car ownership and passenger flights exploded following UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, UsefulNotes/WorldWarII,[[note]]In part due to massive government spending on the development of many advances in aviation for military purposes, the Interstate Highway System and other measures that benefited road and air travel while railroads still paid taxes, sometimes even taxes specifically earmarked for road or air travel[[/note]] many railroad companies were going out of business, in part because the government required them to provide passenger service. In 1969, the largest bankruptcy in history at that point was the Penn Central Railroad[[note]]A merger of two major East Coast railways, which arguably massively botched the merging process at a time when they could not afford to make any mistakes[[/note]], essentially bankrupted by money-losing passenger service, and it proceeded to get worse (more big railroads would go under) if something wasn't done.
22nd Dec '16 9:49:18 AM Jhonny
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Amtrak, the UsefulNotes/{{trademark}} name of The National Passenger Railway Corporation, is the national railway of the United States. Privately-owned passenger trains in the US had always operated at a loss, as with most passenger rail lines in the world. As car ownership and passenger flights exploded following UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, many railroad companies were going out of business, in part because the government required them to provide passenger service. In 1969, the largest bankruptcy in history at that point was the Penn Central Railroad[[note]]A merger of two major East Coast railways, which arguably massively botched the merging process at a time when they could not afford to make any mistakes[[/note]], essentially bankrupted by money-losing passenger service, and it proceeded to get worse (more big railroads would go under) if something wasn't done.

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Amtrak, the UsefulNotes/{{trademark}} name of The National Passenger Railway Corporation, is the national railway of the United States. Privately-owned passenger trains in the US had always operated at a loss, loss or barely covering costs[[note]]They were mostly intended as a loss leader to get [=CEOs=] to sign on to lucrative freight contracts and/or to make land of places served more lucrative[[/note]], as with most passenger rail lines in the world. As car ownership and passenger flights exploded following UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, many railroad companies were going out of business, in part because the government required them to provide passenger service. In 1969, the largest bankruptcy in history at that point was the Penn Central Railroad[[note]]A merger of two major East Coast railways, which arguably massively botched the merging process at a time when they could not afford to make any mistakes[[/note]], essentially bankrupted by money-losing passenger service, and it proceeded to get worse (more big railroads would go under) if something wasn't done.
22nd Dec '16 9:30:34 AM Gosicrystal
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* Penn Station, UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity is the busiest station in the United States. The original station was a beaux-arts masterpiece that was controversially [[LostForever demolished]] in 1964 to build the new Madison Square Garden, and the entire station complex is now underground. Amtrak is currently planning to move the station to the James Farley Post Office and will rename it Moynihan Station in honor of the late U.S. Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, who created the idea of rebuilding the historic Penn Station. However, due to lack of funds and various political infighting this plan is currently stuck in DevelopmentHell, meaning the current overcrowded Penn Station will likely remain in use for quite some time to come.

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* Penn Station, UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity is the busiest station in the United States. The original station was a beaux-arts masterpiece that was controversially [[LostForever [[PermanentlyMissableContent demolished]] in 1964 to build the new Madison Square Garden, and the entire station complex is now underground. Amtrak is currently planning to move the station to the James Farley Post Office and will rename it Moynihan Station in honor of the late U.S. Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, who created the idea of rebuilding the historic Penn Station. However, due to lack of funds and various political infighting this plan is currently stuck in DevelopmentHell, meaning the current overcrowded Penn Station will likely remain in use for quite some time to come.
15th Dec '16 9:49:19 PM Doug86
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Amtrak, the UsefulNotes/{{trademark}} name of The National Passenger Railway Corporation, is the national railway of the United States. Privately-owned passenger trains in the US had always operated at a loss, as with most passenger rail lines in the world. As car ownership and passenger flights exploded following UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo, many railroad companies were going out of business, in part because the government required them to provide passenger service. In 1969, the largest bankruptcy in history at that point was the Penn Central Railroad[[note]]A merger of two major East Coast railways, which arguably massively botched the merging process at a time when they could not afford to make any mistakes[[/note]], essentially bankrupted by money-losing passenger service, and it proceeded to get worse (more big railroads would go under) if something wasn't done.

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Amtrak, the UsefulNotes/{{trademark}} name of The National Passenger Railway Corporation, is the national railway of the United States. Privately-owned passenger trains in the US had always operated at a loss, as with most passenger rail lines in the world. As car ownership and passenger flights exploded following UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo, UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, many railroad companies were going out of business, in part because the government required them to provide passenger service. In 1969, the largest bankruptcy in history at that point was the Penn Central Railroad[[note]]A merger of two major East Coast railways, which arguably massively botched the merging process at a time when they could not afford to make any mistakes[[/note]], essentially bankrupted by money-losing passenger service, and it proceeded to get worse (more big railroads would go under) if something wasn't done.



* Union Station, UsefulNotes/LosAngeles is the fifth busiest station and something of an oddball. It's designed to look like a [[UsefulNotes/{{Spain}} giant mission-style church]] complete with gardens, the tracks and platforms are elevated, and it's been in a state of constant expansion since 1989. It was a major hub for [[GoldenAgeOfHollywood Golden Age movie stars]] and [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo troops bound for the Pacific]], and you've seen it many times if you watched ''[[Series/TwentyFour 24]].'' It was one of the last grand "Union Statons" to be built in the US towards the tail end of the "golden age" of rail travel in the country and is one planned terminus for the new California High Speed Rail system to enter service some time in the late 2020s (the other is a yet to be constructed station in UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco).

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* Union Station, UsefulNotes/LosAngeles is the fifth busiest station and something of an oddball. It's designed to look like a [[UsefulNotes/{{Spain}} giant mission-style church]] complete with gardens, the tracks and platforms are elevated, and it's been in a state of constant expansion since 1989. It was a major hub for [[GoldenAgeOfHollywood Golden Age movie stars]] and [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII troops bound for the Pacific]], and you've seen it many times if you watched ''[[Series/TwentyFour 24]].'' It was one of the last grand "Union Statons" to be built in the US towards the tail end of the "golden age" of rail travel in the country and is one planned terminus for the new California High Speed Rail system to enter service some time in the late 2020s (the other is a yet to be constructed station in UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco).
2nd Dec '16 2:52:59 PM MrBadAxe
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So Congress passed a law ending this requirement and replacing it with a skeletal network that became Amtrak. It began service in May of 1971. Though ridership has rebounded enormously since then, the network is run on a [[NoBudget very small budget]], so certain priorities have to be set. It doesn't help that it is continually subject to ExecutiveMeddling from Congress, making silly mandates such as requiring Amtrak to carry guns in checked baggage (without providing any funds for lockable cabinets for said guns), as well as threats to [[WhatAnIdiot cut off funding for onboard food service]]. Then, of course, are the continual [[ArtisticLicenseEconomics demands that Amtrak somehow pay for itself]], despite no other passenger rail system in the world making a profit, and despite [[{{Hypocrite}} massive federal funding for competing highways and airports]]. Things are getting a bit better, now that the [[UsefulNotes/JoeBiden Vice President]] is a RailEnthusiast, as well as the increasing costs and [[OverreactingAirportSecurity general unpleasantness]] of air travel, plus highways becoming increasingly congested and in some cases, rather boring to drive (especially through flat, practically featureless farmland), resulting in Amtrak setting annual ridership records for almost every year of the past decade. Amtrak is also famous for making GOP senators who cry for the abandonment of all rail travel shriek in horror if a closure of a line through ''their'' state is proposed. Amtrak does bring vital tourist dollars to rural areas of FlyOverCountry (for the precise reason that a train does not fly over said country) and pretty much every politician knows and acknowledges this, the only question is whether the funding for Amtrak is worth that. The answer depends highly on whose district the line runs through. The current Amtrak system map has about as much to do with politics as it does with transportation or the behavior of host railroads.

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So Congress passed a law ending this requirement and replacing it with a skeletal network that became Amtrak. It began service in May of 1971. Though ridership has rebounded enormously since then, the network is run on a [[NoBudget very small budget]], so certain priorities have to be set. It doesn't help that it is continually subject to ExecutiveMeddling from Congress, making silly mandates such as requiring Amtrak to carry guns in checked baggage (without providing any funds for lockable cabinets for said guns), as well as threats to [[WhatAnIdiot cut off funding for onboard food service]]. Then, of course, are the continual [[ArtisticLicenseEconomics demands that Amtrak somehow pay for itself]], despite no other passenger rail system in the world making a profit, and despite [[{{Hypocrite}} massive federal funding for competing highways and airports]]. Things are getting got a bit better, now that better during the Vice-Presidency of RailEnthusiast [[UsefulNotes/JoeBiden Vice President]] is a RailEnthusiast, as well as Joe Biden]], while the increasing costs and [[OverreactingAirportSecurity general unpleasantness]] of air travel, plus highways becoming increasingly congested and in some cases, rather boring to drive (especially through flat, practically featureless farmland), resulting resulted in Amtrak setting annual ridership numbers topping 30 million for five straight years (FY 2011-2015), breaking ridership records for almost every year of several times along the past decade.way. Amtrak is also famous for making GOP senators who cry for the abandonment of all rail travel shriek in horror if a closure of a line through ''their'' state is proposed. Amtrak does bring vital tourist dollars to rural areas of FlyOverCountry (for the precise reason that a train does not fly over said country) and pretty much every politician knows and acknowledges this, the only question is whether the funding for Amtrak is worth that. The answer depends highly on whose district the line runs through. The current Amtrak system map has about as much to do with politics as it does with transportation or the behavior of host railroads.
20th Oct '16 2:56:36 PM Jhonny
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* Union Station, UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}} is the fourth busiest station and the hub of the Amtrak network in the Midwest. Traveling across the USA by train requires a transfer here. In more trivial information, the waiting room in this station has a working fireplace.

* Union Station, UsefulNotes/LosAngeles is the fifth busiest station and something of an oddball. It's designed to look like a [[UsefulNotes/{{Spain}} giant mission-style church]] complete with gardens, the tracks and platforms are elevated, and it's been in a state of constant expansion since 1989. It was a major hub for [[GoldenAgeOfHollywood Golden Age movie stars]] and [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo troops bound for the Pacific]], and you've seen it many times if you watched ''[[Series/TwentyFour 24]].''

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* Union Station, UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}} is the fourth busiest station and the hub of the Amtrak network in the Midwest. Traveling across the USA by train requires a transfer here. In more trivial information, the waiting room in this station has a working fireplace.

fireplace. Architecturally, Chicago Union Station is probably one of the most impressive in the US if not the world and reminds the visitor of the bygone era when most major cities had a train station almost as impressive.

* Union Station, UsefulNotes/LosAngeles is the fifth busiest station and something of an oddball. It's designed to look like a [[UsefulNotes/{{Spain}} giant mission-style church]] complete with gardens, the tracks and platforms are elevated, and it's been in a state of constant expansion since 1989. It was a major hub for [[GoldenAgeOfHollywood Golden Age movie stars]] and [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo troops bound for the Pacific]], and you've seen it many times if you watched ''[[Series/TwentyFour 24]].''
'' It was one of the last grand "Union Statons" to be built in the US towards the tail end of the "golden age" of rail travel in the country and is one planned terminus for the new California High Speed Rail system to enter service some time in the late 2020s (the other is a yet to be constructed station in UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco).
20th Oct '16 2:49:23 PM Jhonny
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* The ''Acela Express'' is currently America's only high-speed line, running from Boston to Washington D.C. along the Northeast Corridor. It manages to run on normal tracks by tilting the cars with hydraulics. The ride itself is very smooth and eerily quiet, though a lot slower than comparable systems in other countries -- the average speed (including stops) is only 80 miles per hour (130 km/h), only reaching its top speed of 150 miles per hour on a few stretches (240 km/h). Expect to see members of Congress from the northeast riding it to/from DC at the beginning and end of each week, or people traveling between UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity and Boston (more than half of all train and air traffic between the two cities is on Acela). On that note, its success has essentially killed commuter air shuttles on the East Coast, thanks to its speed, convenience, and lack of OverreactingAirportSecurity; Amtrak carries more people between Boston, New York, and Washington than all airlines ''combined''. On the flip side prices on the Acela are high even when compared to other high speed rail systems making a profit. A kilometer on Acela costs (on average) 53 cents, whereas the Shinkansen costs a bit over 20 cents and no European high speed train costs more than 15 (Euro)cents per kilometer. But then again, the Acela is only business and first class, with the Coach class in the Regional a lot more affordable. The fact that Amtrak can charge these kinds of prices tells you all you need to know about the airlines operating along that route.

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* The ''Acela Express'' is currently America's only high-speed line, the closest thing to UsefulNotes/HighSpeedRail the US has, running from Boston to Washington D.C. along the Northeast Corridor. It manages to run on normal tracks by tilting the cars with hydraulics. The ride itself is very smooth and eerily quiet, though a lot slower than comparable systems in other countries -- the average speed (including stops) is only 80 miles per hour (130 km/h), only reaching its top speed of 150 miles per hour on a few stretches (240 km/h). Expect to see members of Congress from the northeast riding it to/from DC at the beginning and end of each week, or people traveling between UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity and Boston (more than half of all train and air traffic between the two cities is on Acela). On that note, its success has essentially killed commuter air shuttles on the East Coast, thanks to its speed, convenience, and lack of OverreactingAirportSecurity; Amtrak carries more people between Boston, New York, and Washington than all airlines ''combined''. On the flip side prices on the Acela are high even when compared to other high speed rail systems making a profit. A kilometer on Acela costs (on average) 53 cents, whereas the Shinkansen costs a bit over 20 cents and no European high speed train costs more than 15 (Euro)cents per kilometer. But then again, the Acela is only business and first class, with the Coach class in the Regional a lot more affordable. The fact that Amtrak can charge these kinds of prices tells you all you need to know about the airlines operating along that route.
20th Oct '16 10:19:12 AM riolu5
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* The Empire Corridor in New York State; the ''Empire Service'' travels between New York and Albany-Rensselaer or Niagara Falls; one train a day, labeled the ''Maple Leaf'', extends across the border to UsefulNotes/Toronto, UsefulNotes/Canada, with two hours built into the schedule for customs and immigration inspections.

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* The Empire Corridor in New York State; the ''Empire Service'' travels between New York and Albany-Rensselaer or Niagara Falls; one Falls. One train a day, labeled the ''Maple Leaf'', extends across the border to UsefulNotes/Toronto, UsefulNotes/Canada, UsefulNotes/{{Toronto}}, UsefulNotes/{{Canada}}, with two hours built into the schedule for customs and immigration inspections.
inspections. The scenic ''Adirondack'' travels from New York to UsefulNotes/{{Montreal}}, also crossing the U.S.-Canadian border, while the ''Ethan Allen Express'' travels from New York to Rutland, Vermont.
20th Oct '16 10:13:04 AM riolu5
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In the most heavily populated region, the Northeast, the rail system is extensive enough to rival those of Europe and includes a high-speed line. Everywhere else, it's generally slower than rail travel seventy years ago; this isn't for any technological reason, but rather largely one of power and scheduling (i.e.: the freight companies own most of the track, and often give their trains priority over Amtrak in scheduling; this results in a lot of delays outside major rail hubs like Chicago, as an Amtrak train may have to wait as much as an hour to let one or two or more freight trains pass before pulling into the station) and to some degree infrastructure (a lot of track could use some upgrades and much of it is single-track, which slows down times, and the bulk of Amtrak's equipment dates back to the 1970s-1990s, an issue that is only now be rectified with new locomotives and cars thanks to a stimulous package during the Great Recession). However, UsefulNotes/HighSpeedRail - or at least the cheap American knock off version of it - is set to be extended to other regions in the next decade (the "[[UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}} Chicago Hub]]" region--which extends from Cleveland and Detroit to Kansas City east-west and Minneapolis to Louisville north-south--has seen particularly extensive improvements to Amtrak in preparation for it). But if media depict a passenger train in the contemporary US, it will most likely be an Amtrak train. In particular, it will likely be either a ''Pacific Surfliner''[[note]]Going from San Diego to San Luis Obispo via LA[[/note]] or a ''Northeast Corridor'' train[[note]]Particularly the Acela Express, which only has first and business class (no coach) and is one of the most expensive trains in the world - but it actually makes an "above the rails" profit[[/note]], even if the setting is [[JustTrainWrong somewhere completely]] [[FlyoverCountry different.]]

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In the most heavily populated region, the Northeast, the rail system is extensive enough to rival those of Europe and includes a high-speed line. Everywhere else, it's generally slower than rail travel seventy years ago; this isn't for any technological reason, but rather largely one of power and scheduling (i.e.: the freight companies own most of the track, and often give their trains priority over Amtrak in scheduling; this results in a lot of delays outside major rail hubs like Chicago, as an Amtrak train may have to wait as much as an hour to let one or two or more freight trains pass before pulling into the station) and to some degree infrastructure (a lot of track could use some upgrades and much of it is single-track, which slows down times, and the bulk of Amtrak's equipment dates back to the 1970s-1990s, an issue that is only now be rectified with new locomotives and cars thanks to a stimulous stimulus package during the Great Recession). However, UsefulNotes/HighSpeedRail - or at least the cheap American knock off version of it - is set to be extended to other regions in the next decade (the "[[UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}} Chicago Hub]]" region--which extends from Cleveland and Detroit to Kansas City east-west and Minneapolis to Louisville north-south--has seen particularly extensive improvements to Amtrak in preparation for it). But if media depict a passenger train in the contemporary US, it will most likely be an Amtrak train. In particular, it will likely be either a ''Pacific Surfliner''[[note]]Going from San Diego to San Luis Obispo via LA[[/note]] or a ''Northeast Corridor'' train[[note]]Particularly the Acela Express, which only has first and business class (no coach) and is one of the most expensive trains in the world - but it actually makes an "above the rails" profit[[/note]], even if the setting is [[JustTrainWrong somewhere completely]] [[FlyoverCountry different.]]



* ''Northeast Corridor'' runs from either Boston, Springfield or New York to either Washington, DC, Richmond, Newport News or Lynchburg (with an extension to Roanoke set to open in 2016) and stops in every major city along it's route. Due to the area's high population density, it is one of the few Amtrak lines that turns a profit; it and the Acela Express together generate more than half of the entire system's revenue. It is also the only electrified Amtrak route[[note]] except for the Virginia section of the corridor from Washington DC to Newport News or Lynchburg, and the branch line from New Haven to Springfield, which are diesel-powered[[/note]], and thus one can instantly tell if a picture is from the Northeast Corridor by the presence of the overhead wires. Note that some trains that begin in Springfield require one to transfer to a train coming from Boston at New Haven to head towards points further south.

* The ''Acela Express'' is currently America's only high-speed line, running from UsefulNotes/{{Boston}} to UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC. It manages to run on normal tracks by tilting the cars with hydraulics. The ride itself is very smooth and eerily quiet, though a lot slower than comparable systems in other countries -- the average speed (including stops) is only 80 miles per hour (130 km/h), only reaching its top speed of 150 miles per hour on a few stretches (240 km/h). Expect to see members of Congress from the northeast riding it to/from DC at the beginning and end of each week, or people traveling between UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity and Boston (more than half of all train and air traffic between the two cities is on Acela). On that note, its success has essentially killed commuter air shuttles on the East Coast, thanks to its speed, convenience, and lack of OverreactingAirportSecurity; Amtrak carries more people between Boston, New York, and Washington than all airlines ''combined''. On the flip side prices on the Acela are high even when compared to other high speed rail systems making a profit. A kilometer on Acela costs (on average) 53 cents, whereas the Shinkansen costs a bit over 20 cents and no European high speed train costs more than 15 (Euro)cents per kilometer. But then again, the Acela is only business and first class, with the Coach class in the Regional a lot more affordable. The fact that Amtrak can charge these kinds of prices tells you all you need to know about the airlines operating along that route.

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* The Northeast Corridor extends from UsefulNotes/{{Boston}} to UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC, serving several major cities in the northeastern region. Itís the only fully electrified Amtrak line, and thus one can instantly tell if a picture is from the Northeast Corridor by the presence of the overhead wires. The primary service on the corridor is the ''Northeast Corridor'' runs Regional'', running from either Boston, Springfield or New York to either Washington, DC, Richmond, Newport News or Lynchburg (with an extension to Roanoke set to open in 2016) and stops in every major city along it's route. 2016). Due to the area's region's high population density, it is one of the few Amtrak lines that turns a profit; it and the Acela Express together generate more than half of the entire system's revenue. It is also the only electrified Amtrak route[[note]] The route uses mostly electric equipment[[note]] except for the Virginia section of the corridor route from Washington DC to Newport News or Lynchburg, and on the branch line from New Haven to Springfield, which are diesel-powered[[/note]], and thus one can instantly tell if a picture is from the Northeast Corridor by the presence of the overhead wires.diesel-powered[[/note]]. Note that some trains that begin in Springfield require one to transfer to a train coming from Boston at New Haven to head towards points further south.

* The ''Acela Express'' is currently America's only high-speed line, running from UsefulNotes/{{Boston}} Boston to UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC.Washington D.C. along the Northeast Corridor. It manages to run on normal tracks by tilting the cars with hydraulics. The ride itself is very smooth and eerily quiet, though a lot slower than comparable systems in other countries -- the average speed (including stops) is only 80 miles per hour (130 km/h), only reaching its top speed of 150 miles per hour on a few stretches (240 km/h). Expect to see members of Congress from the northeast riding it to/from DC at the beginning and end of each week, or people traveling between UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity and Boston (more than half of all train and air traffic between the two cities is on Acela). On that note, its success has essentially killed commuter air shuttles on the East Coast, thanks to its speed, convenience, and lack of OverreactingAirportSecurity; Amtrak carries more people between Boston, New York, and Washington than all airlines ''combined''. On the flip side prices on the Acela are high even when compared to other high speed rail systems making a profit. A kilometer on Acela costs (on average) 53 cents, whereas the Shinkansen costs a bit over 20 cents and no European high speed train costs more than 15 (Euro)cents per kilometer. But then again, the Acela is only business and first class, with the Coach class in the Regional a lot more affordable. The fact that Amtrak can charge these kinds of prices tells you all you need to know about the airlines operating along that route.
route.

* The ''Keystone Service'' from New York to Harrisburg via Philadelphia. There's also one train per day that goes beyond Harrisburg to {{Pittsburgh}}, which is labeled the Pennsylvanian. The section between Philadelphia and Harrisburg (known as the Keystone Corridor) is Amtrak's only electrified corridor outside of the Northeast Corridor, though as with most service, electrification ends at Harrisburg.

* The Empire Corridor in New York State; the ''Empire Service'' travels between New York and Albany-Rensselaer or Niagara Falls; one train a day, labeled the ''Maple Leaf'', extends across the border to UsefulNotes/Toronto, UsefulNotes/Canada, with two hours built into the schedule for customs and immigration inspections.



* The ''Coast Starlight'' goes from Los Angeles to Seattle. Well known for it's beautiful scenery.

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* The ''Coast Starlight'' goes from Los Angeles to Seattle. Well known for it's its beautiful scenery.



* The ''Keystone Service'' from New York to Harrisburg via Philadelphia. There's also one train per day that goes beyond Harrisburg to {{Pittsburgh}}, which is labeled the Pennsylvanian. This line is Amtrak's only electrified corridor outside of the Northeast Corridor, though as with most service, electrification ends at Harrisburg.



* The Chicago Hub services include long-range trains (''California Zephyr'' to Oakland, ''Capitol Limited'' to Washington DC, ''Southwest Chief'' to Los Angeles, ''Lake Shore Limited'' to New York-Boston, ''Empire Builder'' to Seattle-Portland, and ''City of New Orleans'' to guess where) as well as shorter corridor services to Milwaukee, Detroit-Pontiac-Flint, Grand Rapids, and St. Louis that are all being upgraded to higher speeds; for instance, the Chicago-Milwaukee ''Hiawatha'' covers the 86 miles in 89 minutes, including three intermediate stops and slow running in city centers.

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* The Chicago Hub services include long-range long-distance trains (''California Zephyr'' to Oakland, ''Capitol Limited'' to Washington DC, ''Southwest Chief'' to Los Angeles, ''Lake Shore Limited'' to New York-Boston, York or Boston, ''Empire Builder'' to Seattle-Portland, and ''City of New Orleans'' to guess where) as well as shorter corridor services to Milwaukee, Detroit-Pontiac-Flint, Grand Rapids, and St. Louis that are all being upgraded to higher speeds; for instance, the Chicago-Milwaukee ''Hiawatha'' covers the 86 miles in 89 minutes, including three intermediate stops and slow running in city centers.
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