Still trying to keep up to date on Massachusetts Amtrak and commuter rail service improvements. This article is good news not only because it shows Amtrak is focusing on the Northeast region, but it also shows increased ridership which is such an important talking point in improving service across Massachusetts.
From A to B with Z’s from boston.com
“The decision to bring back sleeper cars is part of a broader campaign to attract riders at a time when overnight train travel has surged 7 percent between October and March, compared with the same period in 2007 and 2008. Officials attribute the increase to riders who fled high gas prices last summer, then stuck with the train because they liked it. The Boston-to-Chicago line, which saw a 1.9 percent increase during the period, is one of six trains nationwide targeted for upgrades.”
I traveled from Springfield to Martinez California on Amtrak in 2000. It was an amazing trip. You see a side of the country (the good and the bad) that you can’t see from the highway or from a plane. The Midwest and the Rocky Mountains were an exceptionally beautiful part of the trip.