Wednesday, October 25, 2006 at 9:00 am

Geography of Passenger Rail Networks

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An article up on, Geography of Passenger Rail Networks by Brett J. Lucas, divides passenger rail into three categories: commuter, short-haul intercity, and long-haul intercity — a taxonomy that comes as no surprise to those in the know, but conceptually helpful (even if Lucas doesn’t follow through with the analysis as much as I’d like). Consider: commuter rail is in no danger — in fact, it’s expanding, with more conurbations adding service all the time. And short-haul intercity service is reasonably secure: Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor is actually profitable, if I recall, and Via’s Windsor-Quebec corridor generates something like 85 per cent of their revenues. In fact, it’s long-haul service that is chronically in trouble: at risk of closure; chronically late due to rail network capacity issues; working with increasingly antiquated rolling stock. When people say Amtrak’s at risk, this is what they mean. Via Geography.

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