Author: David Peter Alan

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High-Speed Increase in Brightline Fares

Until September 2023, Brightline, Florida’s private-sector passenger railroad, had only operated between Miami and West Palm Beach. Then, on Sept. 22, the railroad extended service to a new station at Orlando International

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RUN Conference Tackling L-D Trains

Amtrak’s skeletal network of long-distance (L-D) passenger trains is the same size now as it was in 1971, when “America’s Railroad” was founded—14 routes. Advocates around the nation are pushing for that

Sound Transit Opens 2 Line LRT

Sound Transit, the regional agency in the Seattle area, has been expanding lately. Its most recent light rail expansion, the 2 Line, opened on Saturday, April 27. The new line connects Bellevue

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Tenth of a Series: NY Dangles Dollar Carrots

The MTA on April 26 announced that Central Business District Tolling, which the agency calls “the country’s first congestion pricing program,” will begin in Manhattan ‘s designated Congestion Relief Zone early on

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Eclipse Special Runs into a Cloud

It seems that there were only two topics on everybody’s mind lately: the election and the eclipse that would occur on Monday, April 8. The latter would be the first solar eclipse

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Brightline, End to End

On Sept. 22, 2023, Brightline ran its first train from the railroad’s new station at Orlando International Airport (coded MCO) to its Miami Central Station. That run was accompanied by a capacity