The surprising comeback of train travel

October 16, 2014

[After] 21 years, John Moore still eagerly leans against his passenger window to watch the landscape pass by as the train he commutes on every day roars over the Moodna Viaduct in Cornwall, New York. The green hills and vibrant leaves just below the elevated track make the trestle one of the prettiest scenes on the 57-year-old’s trip…

His total commute time is 2½ hours each way.

It may seem like a lengthy commute, but Moore says he prefers this mode of travel.

“Compared to a bus or a car, it’s much more spacious and comfortable,” he says. As soon as Moore boards, he can start work, or socialize with the friends he’s made on the train over the years, or even stretch out his legs and spend a few hours reading a novel…

More business travelers, students and people from the Northeast, Midwest and Western United States are turning to trains for their work and vacation travels.

Matt Hardison, a spokesman for Amtrak, the national rail operator, says the longstanding rumors from the 1980s that passenger rail is dying have changed. In the past 10 to 15 years, rail travel has seen a significant rise in ridership. “Rail has seen a real renaissance in the last decade,” he says. “It’s been a great time to be here. People are turning to rail for inter-city travel…”

Read the rest of the story at WPTZ, Plattsburgh, New York’s Money and Travel section

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