Author: David Peter Alan


Pandemic Recovery: A Few “Long-COVID” Effects

When the COVID-19 virus struck in March 2020, ridership on passenger trains and rail transit in the United States and Canada fell precipitously. Railway Age, RT&S and International Railway Journal joined to cover that and other events in on the rail scene: passenger, transit, and freight, here in North America and around the world. Then, as events unfolded, we continued to follow ridership and service recovery on Amtrak, VIA Rail, and rail transit. Now, at the 2½-year mark, it is time to report again.

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Hub of the Midwest

RAILWAY AGE SEPTEMBER 2022 ISSUE: Chicagoland is the nation’s freight rail hub, a status that also holds true for passenger rail. Amtrak, Metra, NICTD and the CTA have a symbiotic relationship in


How MBTA Coped During Partial Shutdowns

For much of the past month, rail riders in Boston have been doing without one of their major lines and part of another. The 30-day shutdown, which began on August 19, is intended to allow crews to perform major work on the lines, in light of a report from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) that called for major safety improvements on the system.

Happy 75th, CTA! (Updated)

There is a big day planned in Chicago on Saturday, Oct. 1. That is the day the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) will celebrate its 75th anniversary.

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Part 2 of 3: A $22B New York City Debacle?

There is nothing new about unsolicited plans submitted by citizen-advocates, no matter how competent they may be, getting shot down or ignored by decision-makers.


Part 9: Can Texas Central Go Forward?

One month prior to this writing, it appeared that the proposed Texas Central high-speed rail line between downtown Dallas and a corner of Houston was about to suffer a fatal blow from the Texas Supreme Court. Texas politics favored such a result and, if that weren’t enough, its leader, Carlos F. Aguilar had quit.

Time Out: Preparing for Round 9

The battle over Amtrak’s proposal to run two daily round trips between Mobile and New Orleans is far from over. It is about to heat up again after a two-month lull, but the STB announced on July 11 that the relative calm (at least as far as the public will notice) will last a little longer.