Success Stories

Rail Success Stories - The Capitol Corridor  cover
Dec 5 2011
The Capitol Corridor is a 170-mile intercity passenger rail system providing convenient travel to the nearly 3.75 million people residing between San Jose, Oakland, Richmond, and Sacramento along the congested I-80, I-680 and I-880 freeways by operating fast, reliable and affordable intercity rail...
Rail Success Stories - The Heartland Corridor cover
Dec 5 2011
The 1,031-mile Heartland Corridor is a public-private partnership among Norfolk Southern and federal and state agencies to increase vertical clearances in 28 tunnels and remove 24 overhead obstructions to allow passage of double-stacked container trains between the Port of Virginia and Columbus,...
Rail Success Stories - CREATE cover
Dec 5 2011
The CREATE Program was developed as a first-of-its-kind partnership between U.S.DOT, the State of Illinois, City of Chicago, Metra, Amtrak, and the nation's freight railroads in order to make critically needed capital improvements to increase the efficiency of the region's passenger and freight...
Rail Success Stories - Amtrak Hiawatha  cover
Dec 5 2011
The 86-mile train route connecting Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Chicago, Illinois has been a part of the Amtrak system since its inception, following a long history of operation by the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad. In 1989, Wisconsin and Illinois jointly funded a demonstration...
Amtrak Downeaster cover
The Amtrak Downeaster operates on a 143-mile shared-use corridor between Boston, MA and Brunswick, ME spanning three states and service 12 station communities. Five of the Downeaster's daily round trips operate between Boston and Portland; beginning in November 2012, two round-trips expanded 28...
Keystone Corridor  cover
The Keystone Corridor is a 349 mile railroad line between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. Amtrak's Keystone Service currently runs an intercity passenger route between Harrisburg and New York by way of Philadelphia; and today ridership between Harrisburg and Philadelphia tops 1.3 million, on-time...
Rail Success Stories - Cary Depot cover
Incremental investments in Cary, NC led to the beginning of Amtrak service in 1996, a station sharing space with a DMV in 2006, and then a standalone station was constructed which opened in 2011. The Cary Depot is the 4th busiest station stop  in NC with 89,000 passengers in FY2013. This...
Rail Success Stories - Colton Crossing cover
Colton Crossing was widely known as a bottleneck in the Southern California supply chain before a grade separation and flyover project was completed in August of 2013. The project was undertaken through a partnership between USDOT, Caltrans, SANBAG, the city of Colton, UP, and BNSF. Originally...
Rail Success Stories - Mitchell-Rapid City, SD cover
The Mitchell-Rapid City (MRC) Railroad Reconstruction project from Mitchell to Chamberlain, South Dakota has revitalized the railroad, and has been successful in removing trucks from the road, reducing congestion for motorists, and helping farmers in the area deliver their goods in a cost- and time...
Rail Success Stories - National Gateway cover
Improving the flow of rail traffic throughout the nation, CSX’s National Gateway project increases the use of double-stack trains, in turn creating a more efficient rail route that links Mid-Atlantic ports with Midwestern markets. The project was first unveiled by CSX in May 2008, and the effort...
Rail Success Stories - Nianic River Bridge cover
Applying $154m in federal funding, including approximately $77m in ARRA stimulus funding, Amtrak installed the new Niantic River Bridge on the Northeast Corridor to replace one of the oldest movable bridges in the country. A two-track, bascule (rolling lift) bridge, “Old Nan” was built in 1907 and...
Rail Success Stories - Tower 55 cover
Located in downtown Fort Worth, Texas, Tower 55 is the intersection of four railroad tracks that collectively handle 106 train crossings a day, making it one of the busiest and most congested rail intersections in the United States. Project improvements will enhance pedestrian safety near this...
Rail Success Stories - OneRail Coalition cover