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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 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). Due to the 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. The route uses mostly electric equipment[[note]] except for the Virginia section of the route from Washington DC to Newport News or Lynchburg, and on the branch line from New Haven to Springfield, which are 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.

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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 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).Roanoke. Due to the 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. The route uses mostly electric equipment[[note]] except for the Virginia section of the route from Washington DC to Newport News or Lynchburg, and on the branch line from New Haven to Springfield, which are 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.


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[[note]]Most guns have a value of ''at least'' several hundred dollars, with many being worth thousands. No sane gun owner wants their valuable weapon to be outside their home in an ''unlocked'' cabinet were literally anyone could walk up and steal it.[[/note]]), as well as threats to cut off funding for onboard food service. Then, of course, are the continual demands that Amtrak somehow pay for itself, despite no other non high speed passenger rail system in the world making a profit, and despite massive federal funding for competing highways and airports. Things got a bit better during the Vice-Presidency of RailEnthusiast UsefulNotes/JoeBiden, 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), resulted in Amtrak ridership numbers topping 30 million for five straight years (FY 2011-2015), breaking ridership records several times along the 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 [[CaptainObvious 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[[note]]Most guns have a value of ''at least'' several hundred dollars, with many being worth thousands. No sane gun owner wants their valuable weapon to be outside their home in an ''unlocked'' cabinet were literally anyone could walk up and steal it.[[/note]]), as well as threats to cut off funding for onboard food service. Then, of course, are the continual demands that Amtrak somehow pay for itself, despite no other non high speed passenger rail system in the world making a profit, and despite massive federal funding for competing highways highways[[note]]As of its 40th anniversary in 2011, it had received less funding in its entire existence than the Interstate received ''annually''[[/note]] and airports. Things got a bit better during the Vice-Presidency of RailEnthusiast UsefulNotes/JoeBiden, 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), resulted in Amtrak ridership numbers topping 30 million for five straight years (FY 2011-2015), breaking ridership records several times along the 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 [[CaptainObvious 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.


* '''Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Railroad Station''', Wilmington, Delaware is a fairly active station for the size of its city, serving the busy Northeast Corridor as well as a commuter rail to Philadelphia. But most notable are its ties to the current US President UsefulNotes/JoeBiden. When Biden was still a US Senator from Delaware, he rode the train to DC from his home in Wilmington (about an hour commute) the entire 36 years of his tenure, and he has long championed increased funding and support for Amtrak. In fact, he and wife Jill never even ''had'' a Washington residence until he became Vice President under UsefulNotes/BarackObama in 2009. And when Obama's term ended eight years later, the Bidens returned to Delaware via train, of course. In honor of Biden's decades-long patronage and advocacy, Amtrak and the city of Wilmington named the local train station after him in 2011. He also rode the train during his 2020 presidential campaign and planned to ride it back to Washington for his inauguration, but security concerns in the wake of the January 6, 2021 siege on the Capitol Building (in protest of his confirmation as president-elect) precluded this.

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* '''Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Railroad Station''', Wilmington, Delaware is a fairly active station for the size of its city, serving the busy Northeast Corridor as well as a SEPTA commuter rail to Philadelphia. But most notable are its ties to the current US President UsefulNotes/JoeBiden. When Biden was still a US Senator from Delaware, he rode the train to DC from his home in Wilmington (about an hour commute) the entire 36 years of his tenure, and he has long championed increased funding and support for Amtrak. In fact, he and wife Jill never even ''had'' a Washington residence until he became Vice President under UsefulNotes/BarackObama in 2009. And when Obama's term ended eight years later, the Bidens returned to Delaware via train, of course. In honor of Biden's decades-long patronage and advocacy, Amtrak and the city of Wilmington named the local train station after him in 2011. He also rode the train during his 2020 presidential campaign and planned to ride it back to Washington for his inauguration, but security concerns in the wake of the January 6, 2021 siege on the Capitol Building (in protest of his confirmation as president-elect) precluded this.


* '''Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Railroad Station''', Wilmington, Delaware is a fairly active station for the size of its city, as it sits within the busy Northeast Corridor as well as receiving a commuter rail to Philadelphia. But most notable are its ties to the current US President UsefulNotes/JoeBiden. When Biden was still a US Senator from Delaware, he rode the train to DC from his home in Wilmington (about an hour commute) the entire 36 years of his tenure, and he has long championed increased funding and support for Amtrak. In fact, he and wife Jill never even ''had'' a Washington residence until he became Vice President under UsefulNotes/BarackObama in 2009. And when Obama's term ended eight years later, the Bidens returned to Delaware via train, of course. In honor of Biden's decades-long patronage and advocacy, Amtrak and the city of Wilmington named the local train station after him in 2011. He also rode the train during his 2020 presidential campaign and planned to ride it back to Washington for his inauguration, but security concerns in the wake of the January 6, 2021 siege on the Capitol Building (in protest of his confirmation as president-elect) precluded this.

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* '''Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Railroad Station''', Wilmington, Delaware is a fairly active station for the size of its city, as it sits within serving the busy Northeast Corridor as well as receiving a commuter rail to Philadelphia. But most notable are its ties to the current US President UsefulNotes/JoeBiden. When Biden was still a US Senator from Delaware, he rode the train to DC from his home in Wilmington (about an hour commute) the entire 36 years of his tenure, and he has long championed increased funding and support for Amtrak. In fact, he and wife Jill never even ''had'' a Washington residence until he became Vice President under UsefulNotes/BarackObama in 2009. And when Obama's term ended eight years later, the Bidens returned to Delaware via train, of course. In honor of Biden's decades-long patronage and advocacy, Amtrak and the city of Wilmington named the local train station after him in 2011. He also rode the train during his 2020 presidential campaign and planned to ride it back to Washington for his inauguration, but security concerns in the wake of the January 6, 2021 siege on the Capitol Building (in protest of his confirmation as president-elect) precluded this.


* '''Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Railroad Station''', Wilmington, Delaware would not be a remarkable station on its own, except for its ties to the current US President UsefulNotes/JoeBiden. When Biden was still a US Senator from Delaware, he rode the train to DC from his home in Wilmington (about an hour commute) the entire 36 years of his tenure, and he has long championed increased funding and support for Amtrak. In fact, he and wife Jill never even ''had'' a Washington residence until he became Vice President under UsefulNotes/BarackObama in 2009. And when Obama's term ended eight years later, the Bidens returned to Delaware via train, of course. In honor of Biden's decades-long patronage and advocacy, Amtrak and the city of Wilmington named the local train station after him in 2011. He also rode the train during his 2020 presidential campaign and planned to ride it back to Washington for his inauguration, but security concerns in the wake of the January 6, 2021 siege on the Capitol Building (in protest of his confirmation as president-elect) precluded this.

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* '''Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Railroad Station''', Wilmington, Delaware would not be is a remarkable fairly active station on for the size of its own, except for city, as it sits within the busy Northeast Corridor as well as receiving a commuter rail to Philadelphia. But most notable are its ties to the current US President UsefulNotes/JoeBiden. When Biden was still a US Senator from Delaware, he rode the train to DC from his home in Wilmington (about an hour commute) the entire 36 years of his tenure, and he has long championed increased funding and support for Amtrak. In fact, he and wife Jill never even ''had'' a Washington residence until he became Vice President under UsefulNotes/BarackObama in 2009. And when Obama's term ended eight years later, the Bidens returned to Delaware via train, of course. In honor of Biden's decades-long patronage and advocacy, Amtrak and the city of Wilmington named the local train station after him in 2011. He also rode the train during his 2020 presidential campaign and planned to ride it back to Washington for his inauguration, but security concerns in the wake of the January 6, 2021 siege on the Capitol Building (in protest of his confirmation as president-elect) precluded this.


* '''Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Railroad Station''', Wilmington, Delaware would not be a remarkable station on its own, except for its ties to the current US President Joe Biden. When Biden was still a US Senator from Delaware, he rode the train to DC from his home in Wilmington (about an hour commute) the entire 36 years of his tenure, and he has long championed increased funding and support for Amtrak. In fact, he and wife Jill never even ''had'' a Washington residence until he became Vice President under UsefulNotes/BarackObama in 2009. And when Obama's term ended eight years later, the Bidens returned to Delaware via train, of course. In honor of Biden's decades-long patronage and advocacy, Amtrak and the city of Wilmington named the local train station after him in 2011. He also rode the train during his 2020 presidential campaign and planned to ride it back to Washington for his inauguration, but security concerns in the wake of the January 6, 2021 siege on the Capitol Building (in protest of his confirmation as president-elect) precluded this.

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* '''Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Railroad Station''', Wilmington, Delaware would not be a remarkable station on its own, except for its ties to the current US President Joe Biden.UsefulNotes/JoeBiden. When Biden was still a US Senator from Delaware, he rode the train to DC from his home in Wilmington (about an hour commute) the entire 36 years of his tenure, and he has long championed increased funding and support for Amtrak. In fact, he and wife Jill never even ''had'' a Washington residence until he became Vice President under UsefulNotes/BarackObama in 2009. And when Obama's term ended eight years later, the Bidens returned to Delaware via train, of course. In honor of Biden's decades-long patronage and advocacy, Amtrak and the city of Wilmington named the local train station after him in 2011. He also rode the train during his 2020 presidential campaign and planned to ride it back to Washington for his inauguration, but security concerns in the wake of the January 6, 2021 siege on the Capitol Building (in protest of his confirmation as president-elect) precluded this.


* '''Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Railroad Station''', Wilmington, Delaware would not be a remarkable station on its own, except for its ties to the current US President Joe Biden. When Biden was still a US Senator from Delaware, he rode the train to DC from his home in Wilmington (about an hour commute) the entire 36 years of his tenure, and he has long championed increased funding and support for Amtrak. In fact, he and wife Jill never even ''had'' a Washington residence until he became Vice President under UsefulNotes/BarackObama in 2009. And when Obama's term ended eight years later, the Bidens returned to Delaware via train, of course. In honor of Biden's decades-long support for Amtrak as both a passenger and politician, they named their Wilmington station after him in 2011. He also rode the train during his 2020 presidential campaign and planned to ride it back to Washington for his inauguration, but security concerns in the wake of the January 6, 2021 siege on the Capitol Building (in protest of his confirmation as president-elect) precluded this.

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* '''Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Railroad Station''', Wilmington, Delaware would not be a remarkable station on its own, except for its ties to the current US President Joe Biden. When Biden was still a US Senator from Delaware, he rode the train to DC from his home in Wilmington (about an hour commute) the entire 36 years of his tenure, and he has long championed increased funding and support for Amtrak. In fact, he and wife Jill never even ''had'' a Washington residence until he became Vice President under UsefulNotes/BarackObama in 2009. And when Obama's term ended eight years later, the Bidens returned to Delaware via train, of course. In honor of Biden's decades-long support for patronage and advocacy, Amtrak as both a passenger and politician, they named their the city of Wilmington named the local train station after him in 2011. He also rode the train during his 2020 presidential campaign and planned to ride it back to Washington for his inauguration, but security concerns in the wake of the January 6, 2021 siege on the Capitol Building (in protest of his confirmation as president-elect) precluded this.


* '''Joseph R. Biden Jr. Railroad Station''', Wilmington, Delaware would not be a remarkable station on its own, except for its ties to the current US President Joe Biden. When Biden was still a US Senator from Delaware, he rode the train to DC from his home in Wilmington (about an hour commute) the entire 36 years of his tenure, and he has long championed increased funding and support for Amtrak. In fact, he and wife Jill never even ''had'' a Washington residence until he became Vice President under UsefulNotes/BarackObama in 2009. And when Obama's term ended eight years later, the Bidens returned to Delaware via train, of course. In honor of Biden's decades-long support for Amtrak as both a passenger and politician, they named their Wilmington station after him in 2011. He also rode the train during his 2020 presidential campaign and planned to ride it back to Washington for his inauguration, but security concerns in the wake of the January 6, 2021 siege on the Capitol Building (in protest of his confirmation as president-elect) precluded this.

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* '''Joseph R. Biden Biden, Jr. Railroad Station''', Wilmington, Delaware would not be a remarkable station on its own, except for its ties to the current US President Joe Biden. When Biden was still a US Senator from Delaware, he rode the train to DC from his home in Wilmington (about an hour commute) the entire 36 years of his tenure, and he has long championed increased funding and support for Amtrak. In fact, he and wife Jill never even ''had'' a Washington residence until he became Vice President under UsefulNotes/BarackObama in 2009. And when Obama's term ended eight years later, the Bidens returned to Delaware via train, of course. In honor of Biden's decades-long support for Amtrak as both a passenger and politician, they named their Wilmington station after him in 2011. He also rode the train during his 2020 presidential campaign and planned to ride it back to Washington for his inauguration, but security concerns in the wake of the January 6, 2021 siege on the Capitol Building (in protest of his confirmation as president-elect) precluded this.


* '''Joseph R. Biden Jr. Station''', Wilmington, Delaware would not be a remarkable station on its own except for its ties to the current US President Joe Biden. When Biden was still a US Senator from Delaware, he rode the train to DC from his home in Wilmington (about an hour commute) the entire 36 years of his tenure. In fact, he and wife Jill never even ''had'' a Washington residence until he became Vice President under UsefulNotes/BarackObama in 2009 when they moved into the VP's residence, Number One Observatory Circle. And when Obama's term ended eight years later, the Bidens returned to Delaware via train, of course. In honor of Biden's decades-long advocacy for Amtrak, they named their Wilmington station after him in 2011. He also rode the train during his 2020 presidential campaign and planned to ride it back to Washington for his inauguration, but security concerns in the wake of the January 6, 2021 siege of the Capitol Building precluded this.

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* '''Joseph R. Biden Jr. Railroad Station''', Wilmington, Delaware would not be a remarkable station on its own own, except for its ties to the current US President Joe Biden. When Biden was still a US Senator from Delaware, he rode the train to DC from his home in Wilmington (about an hour commute) the entire 36 years of his tenure. tenure, and he has long championed increased funding and support for Amtrak. In fact, he and wife Jill never even ''had'' a Washington residence until he became Vice President under UsefulNotes/BarackObama in 2009 when they moved into the VP's residence, Number One Observatory Circle.2009. And when Obama's term ended eight years later, the Bidens returned to Delaware via train, of course. In honor of Biden's decades-long advocacy support for Amtrak, Amtrak as both a passenger and politician, they named their Wilmington station after him in 2011. He also rode the train during his 2020 presidential campaign and planned to ride it back to Washington for his inauguration, but security concerns in the wake of the January 6, 2021 siege of on the Capitol Building (in protest of his confirmation as president-elect) precluded this.


* '''Penn Station, UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity''' is the busiest train station in the Western Hemisphere[[note]]Though not the largest. Grand Central Terminal is the largest station in the ''world'' but it's served entirely by local rails[[/note]]. The original station was a beaux-arts masterpiece that was controversially demolished in 1964 to build the new Madison Square Garden, and the station was entirely underground for almost 60 years. In 2021, Penn Station expanded into the James Farley Post Office after decades of DevelopmentHell. This annex has been renamed Moynihan Train Hall in honor of the late U.S. Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, who created the idea of rebuilding the historic Penn Station.

* '''Union Station, UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC''' is Amtrak's headquarters, the second busiest station, and just a few blocks from the Capitol. It's well-known for being a tourist attraction in its own right, with beautiful architecture and many shops, not unlike New York's Grand Central Terminal. It has a connection to the UsefulNotes/WashingtonMetro on the latter's Red Line, as well as commuter rail service into Maryland and Virginia by way of MARC and Virginia Railway Express, respectively. The station also serves as DC's hub for intercity bus services like Greyhound and Peter Pan. It is not uncommon to spot a VIP or two while you're here.

* '''30th Street Station, UsefulNotes/{{Philadelphia}}''' is the third busiest station in the Amtrak system, as it is on the Northeast Corridor and the connection point for every train into the interior of Pennsylvania. This station, built by the Pennsylvania Railroad in the early 1900s, also has connections to [[UsefulNotes/PhiladelphiaSubways Philly's vast network of subways, streetcars, and commuter rails]], and UsefulNotes/NewJerseyTransit to Atlantic City. Despite all of this, no Amtrak trains terminate here except two early-morning Keystone Service trains that only run from Philadelphia to Harrisburg; all other Amtrak trains are through services.

* '''Union Station, UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}}''' is the fourth busiest station and the hub of the Amtrak network both in the Midwest and long distance travel in general; of the thirteen long distance routes, only five[[note]]the west coast's ''Coast Starlight'', the east coast's ''Silver Star'' and ''Silver Meteor'', and the south's ''Crescent'' and ''Sunset Limited''[[/note]] don't have Chicago as a stop, and the remaining eight all have Chicago as a terminus. Traveling across the USA by train requires a transfer here[[note]]Unless the ''Crescent'' and ''Sunset Limited'' are taken, in which case the transfer is in New Orleans[[/note]]. In more trivial information, the waiting room in this station has a working fireplace. Architecturally, Chicago Union Station is arguably one of the most visually-impressive train stations in the US 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 sixth-busiest station (#5 is South Station, UsefulNotes/{{Boston}} if you're keeping count) 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 [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfHollywood Golden Age movie stars]] and [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII troops bound for the Pacific]] before the advent of passenger air travel, 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).

* '''Joseph R. Biden Jr. Station, Wilmington, Delaware''' would not be a remarkable station on its own except for its ties to the current US President Joe Biden. When Biden was still a US Senator from Delaware, he rode the train to DC from his home in Wilmington (about an hour commute) the entire 36 years of his tenure. In fact, he and wife Jill never even ''had'' a Washington residence until he became Vice President under UsefulNotes/BarackObama in 2009 when they moved into the VP's residence, Number One Observatory Circle. And when Obama's term ended eight years later, the Bidens returned to Delaware via train, of course. In honor of Biden's decades-long advocacy for Amtrak, they named their Wilmington station after him in 2011. He also rode the train during his 2020 presidential campaign and planned to ride it back to Washington for his inauguration, but security concerns in the wake of the January 6, 2021 siege of the Capitol Building precluded this.

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* '''Penn Station, UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity''' Station''', UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity is the busiest train station in the Western Hemisphere[[note]]Though not the largest. Grand Central Terminal is the largest station in the ''world'' but it's served entirely by local rails[[/note]]. The original station was a beaux-arts masterpiece that was controversially demolished in 1964 to build the new Madison Square Garden, and the station was entirely underground for almost 60 years. In 2021, Penn Station expanded into the James Farley Post Office after decades of DevelopmentHell. This annex has been renamed Moynihan Train Hall in honor of the late U.S. Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, who created the idea of rebuilding the historic Penn Station.

* '''Union Station, UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC''' Station''', UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC is Amtrak's headquarters, the second busiest station, and just a few blocks from the Capitol. It's well-known for being a tourist attraction in its own right, with beautiful architecture and many shops, not unlike New York's Grand Central Terminal. It has a connection to the UsefulNotes/WashingtonMetro on the latter's Red Line, as well as commuter rail service into Maryland and Virginia by way of MARC and Virginia Railway Express, respectively. The station also serves as DC's hub for intercity bus services like Greyhound and Peter Pan. It is not uncommon to spot a VIP or two while you're here.

* '''30th Street Station, UsefulNotes/{{Philadelphia}}''' Station''', UsefulNotes/{{Philadelphia}} is the third busiest station in the Amtrak system, as it is on the Northeast Corridor and the connection point for every train into the interior of Pennsylvania. This station, built by the Pennsylvania Railroad in the early 1900s, also has connections to [[UsefulNotes/PhiladelphiaSubways Philly's vast network of subways, streetcars, and commuter rails]], and UsefulNotes/NewJerseyTransit to Atlantic City. Despite all of this, no Amtrak trains terminate here except two early-morning Keystone Service trains that only run from Philadelphia to Harrisburg; all other Amtrak trains are through services.

* '''Union Station, UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}}''' Station''', UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}} is the fourth busiest station and the hub of the Amtrak network both in the Midwest and long distance travel in general; of the thirteen long distance routes, only five[[note]]the west coast's ''Coast Starlight'', the east coast's ''Silver Star'' and ''Silver Meteor'', and the south's ''Crescent'' and ''Sunset Limited''[[/note]] don't have Chicago as a stop, and the remaining eight all have Chicago as a terminus. Traveling across the USA by train requires a transfer here[[note]]Unless the ''Crescent'' and ''Sunset Limited'' are taken, in which case the transfer is in New Orleans[[/note]]. In more trivial information, the waiting room in this station has a working fireplace. Architecturally, Chicago Union Station is arguably one of the most visually-impressive train stations in the US and reminds the visitor of the bygone era when most major cities had a train station almost as impressive.

* '''Union Station, UsefulNotes/LosAngeles''' Station''', UsefulNotes/LosAngeles is the sixth-busiest station (#5 is South Station, UsefulNotes/{{Boston}} if you're keeping count) 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 [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfHollywood Golden Age movie stars]] and [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII troops bound for the Pacific]] before the advent of passenger air travel, 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).

* '''Joseph R. Biden Jr. Station, Station''', Wilmington, Delaware''' Delaware would not be a remarkable station on its own except for its ties to the current US President Joe Biden. When Biden was still a US Senator from Delaware, he rode the train to DC from his home in Wilmington (about an hour commute) the entire 36 years of his tenure. In fact, he and wife Jill never even ''had'' a Washington residence until he became Vice President under UsefulNotes/BarackObama in 2009 when they moved into the VP's residence, Number One Observatory Circle. And when Obama's term ended eight years later, the Bidens returned to Delaware via train, of course. In honor of Biden's decades-long advocacy for Amtrak, they named their Wilmington station after him in 2011. He also rode the train during his 2020 presidential campaign and planned to ride it back to Washington for his inauguration, but security concerns in the wake of the January 6, 2021 siege of the Capitol Building precluded this.


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* Penn Station, UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity is the busiest train station in the Western Hemisphere[[note]]Though not the largest. Grand Central Terminal is the largest station in the ''world'' but it's served entirely by local rails[[/note]]. The original station was a beaux-arts masterpiece that was controversially demolished in 1964 to build the new Madison Square Garden, and the station was entirely underground for almost 60 years. In 2021, Penn Station expanded into the James Farley Post Office after decades of DevelopmentHell. This annex has been renamed Moynihan Train Hall in honor of the late U.S. Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, who created the idea of rebuilding the historic Penn Station.

* Union Station, UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC is Amtrak's headquarters, the second busiest station, and just a few blocks from the Capitol. It's well-known for being a tourist attraction in its own right, with beautiful architecture and many shops, not unlike New York's Grand Central Terminal. It has a connection to the UsefulNotes/WashingtonMetro on the latter's Red Line, as well as commuter rail service into Maryland and Virginia by way of MARC and Virginia Railway Express, respectively. The station also serves as DC's hub for intercity bus services like Greyhound and Peter Pan. It is not uncommon to spot a VIP or two while you're here; President Joe Biden rode the train to DC from his home in Wilmington, Delaware (about an hour commute) the entire 36 years he served as Senator. In fact, he and wife Jill never even ''had'' a Washington residence until he became Vice President under UsefulNotes/BarackObama in 2009. And when Obama's term ended eight years later, the Bidens returned to Delaware via train, of course. In honor of Biden's decades-long advocacy for Amtrak, they named their Wilmington station after him in 2011. He also rode the train during his 2020 presidential campaign and planned to ride it back to Washington for his inauguration, but security concerns in the wake of the January 6, 2021 storming of the Capitol Building attempting to delay the certification of his Electoral College win precluded this.

* 30th Street Station, UsefulNotes/{{Philadelphia}} is the third busiest station in the Amtrak system, as it is on the Northeast Corridor and the connection point for every train into the interior of Pennsylvania. This station, built by the Pennsylvania Railroad in the early 1900s, also has connections to [[UsefulNotes/PhiladelphiaSubways Philly's vast network of subways, streetcars, and commuter rails]], and UsefulNotes/NewJerseyTransit to Atlantic City. Despite all of this, no Amtrak trains terminate here except two early-morning Keystone Service trains that only run from Philadelphia to Harrisburg; all other Amtrak trains are through services.

* Union Station, UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}} is the fourth busiest station and the hub of the Amtrak network both in the Midwest and long distance travel in general; of the thirteen long distance routes, only five[[note]]the west coast's ''Coast Starlight'', the east coast's ''Silver Star'' and ''Silver Meteor'', and the south's ''Crescent'' and ''Sunset Limited''[[/note]] don't have Chicago as a stop, and the remaining eight all have Chicago as a terminus. Traveling across the USA by train requires a transfer here[[note]]Unless the ''Crescent'' and ''Sunset Limited'' are taken, in which case the transfer is in New Orleans[[/note]]. In more trivial information, the waiting room in this station has a working fireplace. Architecturally, Chicago Union Station is arguably one of the most visually-impressive train stations in the US 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 sixth-busiest station (#5 is South Station, UsefulNotes/{{Boston}} if you're keeping count) 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 [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfHollywood Golden Age movie stars]] and [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII troops bound for the Pacific]] before the advent of passenger air travel, 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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* Penn '''Penn Station, UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity''' is the busiest train station in the Western Hemisphere[[note]]Though not the largest. Grand Central Terminal is the largest station in the ''world'' but it's served entirely by local rails[[/note]]. The original station was a beaux-arts masterpiece that was controversially demolished in 1964 to build the new Madison Square Garden, and the station was entirely underground for almost 60 years. In 2021, Penn Station expanded into the James Farley Post Office after decades of DevelopmentHell. This annex has been renamed Moynihan Train Hall in honor of the late U.S. Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, who created the idea of rebuilding the historic Penn Station.

* Union '''Union Station, UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC''' is Amtrak's headquarters, the second busiest station, and just a few blocks from the Capitol. It's well-known for being a tourist attraction in its own right, with beautiful architecture and many shops, not unlike New York's Grand Central Terminal. It has a connection to the UsefulNotes/WashingtonMetro on the latter's Red Line, as well as commuter rail service into Maryland and Virginia by way of MARC and Virginia Railway Express, respectively. The station also serves as DC's hub for intercity bus services like Greyhound and Peter Pan. It is not uncommon to spot a VIP or two while you're here; President Joe Biden rode the train to DC from his home in Wilmington, Delaware (about an hour commute) the entire 36 years he served as Senator. In fact, he and wife Jill never even ''had'' a Washington residence until he became Vice President under UsefulNotes/BarackObama in 2009. And when Obama's term ended eight years later, the Bidens returned to Delaware via train, of course. In honor of Biden's decades-long advocacy for Amtrak, they named their Wilmington station after him in 2011. He also rode the train during his 2020 presidential campaign and planned to ride it back to Washington for his inauguration, but security concerns in the wake of the January 6, 2021 storming of the Capitol Building attempting to delay the certification of his Electoral College win precluded this.

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* 30th '''30th Street Station, UsefulNotes/{{Philadelphia}} UsefulNotes/{{Philadelphia}}''' is the third busiest station in the Amtrak system, as it is on the Northeast Corridor and the connection point for every train into the interior of Pennsylvania. This station, built by the Pennsylvania Railroad in the early 1900s, also has connections to [[UsefulNotes/PhiladelphiaSubways Philly's vast network of subways, streetcars, and commuter rails]], and UsefulNotes/NewJerseyTransit to Atlantic City. Despite all of this, no Amtrak trains terminate here except two early-morning Keystone Service trains that only run from Philadelphia to Harrisburg; all other Amtrak trains are through services.

* Union '''Union Station, UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}} UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}}''' is the fourth busiest station and the hub of the Amtrak network both in the Midwest and long distance travel in general; of the thirteen long distance routes, only five[[note]]the west coast's ''Coast Starlight'', the east coast's ''Silver Star'' and ''Silver Meteor'', and the south's ''Crescent'' and ''Sunset Limited''[[/note]] don't have Chicago as a stop, and the remaining eight all have Chicago as a terminus. Traveling across the USA by train requires a transfer here[[note]]Unless the ''Crescent'' and ''Sunset Limited'' are taken, in which case the transfer is in New Orleans[[/note]]. In more trivial information, the waiting room in this station has a working fireplace. Architecturally, Chicago Union Station is arguably one of the most visually-impressive train stations in the US and reminds the visitor of the bygone era when most major cities had a train station almost as impressive.

* Union '''Union Station, UsefulNotes/LosAngeles UsefulNotes/LosAngeles''' is the sixth-busiest station (#5 is South Station, UsefulNotes/{{Boston}} if you're keeping count) 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 [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfHollywood Golden Age movie stars]] and [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII troops bound for the Pacific]] before the advent of passenger air travel, 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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* '''Joseph R. Biden Jr. Station, Wilmington, Delaware''' would not be a remarkable station on its own except for its ties to the current US President Joe Biden. When Biden was still a US Senator from Delaware, he rode the train to DC from his home in Wilmington (about an hour commute) the entire 36 years of his tenure. In fact, he and wife Jill never even ''had'' a Washington residence until he became Vice President under UsefulNotes/BarackObama in 2009 when they moved into the VP's residence, Number One Observatory Circle. And when Obama's term ended eight years later, the Bidens returned to Delaware via train, of course. In honor of Biden's decades-long advocacy for Amtrak, they named their Wilmington station after him in 2011. He also rode the train during his 2020 presidential campaign and planned to ride it back to Washington for his inauguration, but security concerns in the wake of the January 6, 2021 siege of the Capitol Building precluded this.

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* Union Station, UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC is Amtrak's headquarters, the second busiest station, and just a few blocks from the Capitol. It's well-known for being a tourist attraction in its own right, with beautiful architecture and many shops, not unlike New York's Grand Central Terminal. It has a connection to the UsefulNotes/WashingtonMetro on the latter's Red Line, as well as commuter rail service into Maryland and Virginia by way of MARC and Virginia Railway Express, respectively. The station also serves as DC's hub for intercity bus services like Greyhound and Peter Pan. It is not uncommon to spot a VIP or two while you're here; President Joe Biden rode the train to DC from his home in Wilmington, Delaware (about an hour commute) the entire 36 years he served as Senator. In fact, he and wife Jill never even ''had'' a Washington residence until he became Vice President under UsefulNotes/BarackObama in 2009. And when Obama's term ended eight years later, the Bidens returned to Delaware via train, of course. In honor of Biden's decades-long advocacy for Amtrak, they named their Wilmington station after him in 2011.

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* Union Station, UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC is Amtrak's headquarters, the second busiest station, and just a few blocks from the Capitol. It's well-known for being a tourist attraction in its own right, with beautiful architecture and many shops, not unlike New York's Grand Central Terminal. It has a connection to the UsefulNotes/WashingtonMetro on the latter's Red Line, as well as commuter rail service into Maryland and Virginia by way of MARC and Virginia Railway Express, respectively. The station also serves as DC's hub for intercity bus services like Greyhound and Peter Pan. It is not uncommon to spot a VIP or two while you're here; President Joe Biden rode the train to DC from his home in Wilmington, Delaware (about an hour commute) the entire 36 years he served as Senator. In fact, he and wife Jill never even ''had'' a Washington residence until he became Vice President under UsefulNotes/BarackObama in 2009. And when Obama's term ended eight years later, the Bidens returned to Delaware via train, of course. In honor of Biden's decades-long advocacy for Amtrak, they named their Wilmington station after him in 2011. \n He also rode the train during his 2020 presidential campaign and planned to ride it back to Washington for his inauguration, but security concerns in the wake of the January 6, 2021 storming of the Capitol Building attempting to delay the certification of his Electoral College win precluded this.


* Union Station, UsefulNotes/LosAngeles is the sixth-busiest station (UsefulNotes/{{Boston}} is #5 if you're keeping count) 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 [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfHollywood Golden Age movie stars]] and [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII troops bound for the Pacific]] before the advent of passenger air travel, 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 sixth-busiest station (UsefulNotes/{{Boston}} (#5 is #5 South Station, UsefulNotes/{{Boston}} if you're keeping count) 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 [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfHollywood Golden Age movie stars]] and [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII troops bound for the Pacific]] before the advent of passenger air travel, 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).


* Penn Station, UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity is the busiest station in the United States. The original station was a beaux-arts masterpiece that was controversially 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.

* Union Station, UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC is Amtrak's headquarters, the second busiest station, and just a few blocks from the Capitol. Well known for being a tourist attraction in its own right, with beautiful architecture and many shops, not unlike New York's Grand Central Terminal. It is not uncommon for VIP's to be seem riding the train from Washington, the most notable being Delaware Senator (and former [[UsefulNotes/AmericanPoliticalSystem Vice President]]) Joe Biden, who ''never had a residence in Washington'' until he became VP, and commuted to his home in Wilmington by Amtrak for 20+ years. How did "Amtrak Joe" return home after his term was over? Why, on Amtrak of course. It has a connection to the UsefulNotes/WashingtonMetro on the latter's Red Line, as well as commuter rail service into Maryland and Virginia by way of MARC and Virginia Railway Express, respectively.

* 30th Street Station, UsefulNotes/{{Philadelphia}} is the third busiest station in the Amtrak system, as it is on the Northeast Corridor and the connection point for every train into the interior of Pennsylvania. This station, built by the Pennsylvania Railroad in the early 1900s, also has connections to UsefulNotes/NewJerseyTransit to Atlantic City, as well as SEPTA's vast subway, streetcar and commuter rail network. Despite all of that, no Amtrak trains terminate here (sans two early-morning Keystone Service trains that only run from Philadelphia to Harrisburg); all Amtrak trains are through services.

* Union Station, UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}} is the fourth busiest station and the hub of the Amtrak network both in the Midwest and long distance travel in general; of the thirteen long distance routes, only five[[note]]the west coast's ''Coast Starlight'', the east coast's ''Silver Star'' and ''Silver Meteor'', and the south's ''Crescent'' and ''Sunset Limited''[[/note]] don't have Chicago as a stop, and the remaining eight all have Chicago as a terminus. Traveling across the USA by train requires a transfer here[[note]]Unless the ''Crescent'' and ''Sunset Limited'' are taken, in which case the transfer is in New Orleans[[/note]]. In more trivial information, the waiting room in this station has a working 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 [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfHollywood Golden Age movie stars]] and [[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).

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* Penn Station, UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity is the busiest train station in the United States. Western Hemisphere[[note]]Though not the largest. Grand Central Terminal is the largest station in the ''world'' but it's served entirely by local rails[[/note]]. The original station was a beaux-arts masterpiece that was controversially 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 was entirely underground for almost 60 years. In 2021, Penn Station expanded into the James Farley Post Office and will rename it after decades of DevelopmentHell. This annex has been renamed Moynihan Station Train Hall 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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* Union Station, UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC is Amtrak's headquarters, the second busiest station, and just a few blocks from the Capitol. Well known It's well-known for being a tourist attraction in its own right, with beautiful architecture and many shops, not unlike New York's Grand Central Terminal. It is not uncommon for VIP's to be seem riding the train from Washington, the most notable being Delaware Senator (and former [[UsefulNotes/AmericanPoliticalSystem Vice President]]) Joe Biden, who ''never had a residence in Washington'' until he became VP, and commuted to his home in Wilmington by Amtrak for 20+ years. How did "Amtrak Joe" return home after his term was over? Why, on Amtrak of course. It has a connection to the UsefulNotes/WashingtonMetro on the latter's Red Line, as well as commuter rail service into Maryland and Virginia by way of MARC and Virginia Railway Express, respectively.

respectively. The station also serves as DC's hub for intercity bus services like Greyhound and Peter Pan. It is not uncommon to spot a VIP or two while you're here; President Joe Biden rode the train to DC from his home in Wilmington, Delaware (about an hour commute) the entire 36 years he served as Senator. In fact, he and wife Jill never even ''had'' a Washington residence until he became Vice President under UsefulNotes/BarackObama in 2009. And when Obama's term ended eight years later, the Bidens returned to Delaware via train, of course. In honor of Biden's decades-long advocacy for Amtrak, they named their Wilmington station after him in 2011.

* 30th Street Station, UsefulNotes/{{Philadelphia}} is the third busiest station in the Amtrak system, as it is on the Northeast Corridor and the connection point for every train into the interior of Pennsylvania. This station, built by the Pennsylvania Railroad in the early 1900s, also has connections to [[UsefulNotes/PhiladelphiaSubways Philly's vast network of subways, streetcars, and commuter rails]], and UsefulNotes/NewJerseyTransit to Atlantic City, as well as SEPTA's vast subway, streetcar and commuter rail network. City. Despite all of that, this, no Amtrak trains terminate here (sans except two early-morning Keystone Service trains that only run from Philadelphia to Harrisburg); Harrisburg; all other Amtrak trains are through services.

* Union Station, UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}} is the fourth busiest station and the hub of the Amtrak network both in the Midwest and long distance travel in general; of the thirteen long distance routes, only five[[note]]the west coast's ''Coast Starlight'', the east coast's ''Silver Star'' and ''Silver Meteor'', and the south's ''Crescent'' and ''Sunset Limited''[[/note]] don't have Chicago as a stop, and the remaining eight all have Chicago as a terminus. Traveling across the USA by train requires a transfer here[[note]]Unless the ''Crescent'' and ''Sunset Limited'' are taken, in which case the transfer is in New Orleans[[/note]]. In more trivial information, the waiting room in this station has a working fireplace. Architecturally, Chicago Union Station is probably arguably one of the most impressive visually-impressive train stations 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 sixth-busiest station (UsefulNotes/{{Boston}} is #5 if you're keeping count) 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 [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfHollywood Golden Age movie stars]] and [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII troops bound for the Pacific]], Pacific]] before the advent of passenger air travel, 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).



* The ''Capitol Corridor'' is Northern California's answer to the Pacific Surfliner, running from San Jose to Auburn (and soon to Reno) by way of Oakland and Sacramento. Amtrak notably does not reach San Francisco.[[note]]The previous train station in San Francisco was damaged by the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake (which happened right during a world series game involving two Bay Area teams) and has been out of use ever since. Passengers wanting to reach San Francisco can board a Thruway bus in Emeryville across the bay. The Richmond and Oakland Coliseum stations also have connections to [[UsefulNotes/BayAreaRapidTransit BART]] and the San Jose Diridon station has connections to Caltrain and VTA light rail to reach other Bay Area destinations. However, the California High Speed Rail project includes a new station for San Francisco and construction is already underway[[/note]] Popular with state officials.

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* The ''Capitol Corridor'' is Northern California's answer to the Pacific Surfliner, running from San Jose to Auburn (and soon to Reno) by way of Oakland and Sacramento. Amtrak notably does not reach San Francisco.[[note]]The The previous train station in San Francisco was damaged by the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake (which happened right during a world series game involving two Bay Area teams) and has been out of use ever since. Passengers wanting to reach San Francisco can board a Thruway bus in Emeryville across the bay. The Richmond and Oakland Coliseum stations also have connections to [[UsefulNotes/BayAreaRapidTransit BART]] and the San Jose Diridon station has connections to Caltrain and VTA light rail to reach other Bay Area destinations. However, the California High Speed Rail project includes a new station for San Francisco and construction is already underway[[/note]] underway. Popular with state officials.



* Amtrak is only active in the 48 contiguous states, with some routes extending north to Canada's three largest cities: Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver. Alaska has its own railroad, the Alaska Railroad, which provides both freight and passenger service, while Hawaii is obviously better served by plane and boat. Of the Lower 48, the only states not served by Amtrak in any capacity are South Dakota and Wyoming.

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* Amtrak is only active in the 48 contiguous states, with some routes extending north to Canada's three largest cities: [[UsefulNotes/{{Canada}} Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver. Vancouver]]. Alaska has its own railroad, railroad company, the Alaska Railroad, which provides both freight and passenger service, while Hawaii is obviously better served by plane and boat. Of the Lower 48, the only states not served by Amtrak in any capacity are South Dakota and Wyoming.


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 cut off funding for onboard food service. Then, of course, are the continual demands that Amtrak somehow pay for itself, despite no other non high speed passenger rail system in the world making a profit, and despite massive federal funding for competing highways and airports. Things got a bit better during the Vice-Presidency of RailEnthusiast UsefulNotes/JoeBiden, 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), resulted in Amtrak ridership numbers topping 30 million for five straight years (FY 2011-2015), breaking ridership records several times along the 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 [[CaptainObvious 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), guns[[note]]Most guns have a value of ''at least'' several hundred dollars, with many being worth thousands. No sane gun owner wants their valuable weapon to be outside their home in an ''unlocked'' cabinet were literally anyone could walk up and steal it.[[/note]]), as well as threats to cut off funding for onboard food service. Then, of course, are the continual demands that Amtrak somehow pay for itself, despite no other non high speed passenger rail system in the world making a profit, and despite massive federal funding for competing highways and airports. Things got a bit better during the Vice-Presidency of RailEnthusiast UsefulNotes/JoeBiden, 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), resulted in Amtrak ridership numbers topping 30 million for five straight years (FY 2011-2015), breaking ridership records several times along the 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 [[CaptainObvious 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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