This article shows how commuter railways in the USA are both healthy and expanding, as urban populations move towards outer suburbs. This is despite the continual threat of lower Federal funding. Rail commuting is becoming more popular among customers and among motorists, who view trains as removing many cars from congested highways. Commuter rail trips in 1994 were 5.6% more than in 1993. The trains are perceived as a fast and relatively comfortable travel mode between home and workplace. Several long-established urban railways are extending routes and adding lines, and many have begun extensive replacements of rolling stock. All of them have chosen to use diesel-hauled push-pull trainsets, due to the prohibitively high cost of electrification in the USA. The following examples of new lines and extensions are described: (1) two new lines for Metrolink, Los Angeles; (2) the Coaster, a 69km eight-station line between Oceanside and San Diego, CA; (3) extensions to the Maryland Rail Commuter Service (MARC); (4) Virginia Rail express in the Washington area; (5) a new route and extensions in Boston; (6) planned new lines in Chicago; (7) upgrading in Philadelphia and New York; and (8) new lines between New Jersey and New York.

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  • Publication Date: 1995-7


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  • Accession Number: 00716001
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Jan 31 1996 12:00AM