Massachusetts Passenger Train Travel
Amtrak provides extensive service in Massachusetts. Its long-distance, intercity trains include the Downeaster serving Brunswick, Maine and Boston with stops in Haverhill and Woburn; Lake Shore Limited (New York/Boston - Chicago) with stops in Pittsfield, Springfield, Worcester, Framingham, and Boston; and the Vermonter (St. Albans - Washington, D.C.) with stops in Amherst and Springfield. Additionally, Amtrak's high-speed Acela Express runs throughout the Northeast Corridor between Boston and Washington as does the Northeast Regional service (extending as far south as Norfolk/Newport News). Finally, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) operates extensive commuter rail and rapid transit service throughout the greater Boston area.
Michigan Passenger Train Travel
Michigan is served by three Amtrak trains including the Blue Water, Pere Marquette, and Wolverine which are collectively part of its "Michigan Services." These trains make station stops at New Buffalo, Niles, Dowagiac, Kalamazoo, Battle Creek, East Lansing, Durand, Flint, Lapeer, Port Huron, St. Joseph, Bangor, Holland, Grand Rapids, Albion, Jackson, Ann Arbor, Dearborn, Detroit, Royal Oak, and Pontiac. Amtrak also provides expansive bus service across the state.
Minnesota Passenger Train Travel
Minnesota is primarily served by Amtrak's Empire Builder (Chicago - Seattle) with stops in Winona, Red Wing, St. Paul (at restored Union Depot), St. Cloud, Staples, and Detroit Lakes. The state also began opening commuter/light rail services: in 2004 the METRO rapid transit system opened in the Twin Cities via three lines serving 41 stations; in 2009 the commuter/heavy rail system known as the Northstar Line also entered service covering 40 miles from Big Lake to downtown Minneapolis at Target Field. For more information about these services please visit their respective websites.
Mississippi Passenger Train Travel
Mississippi is served by two of Amtrak's premier trains; the north-to-south City of New Orleans (Chicago - New Orleans) makes stops at Greenwood, Yazoo City, Jackson, Hazlehurst, Brookhaven, and McComb; the Crescent (New York - New Orleans) stops at Meridian (Union Station), Laurel, Hattiesburg, and Picayune. Amtrak also offers bus service to Gulfport and Hattiesburg while Greyhound service is available to Biloxi.
Missouri Passenger Train Travel
Missouri is served by three of Amtrak's intercity trains; the regional Missouri River Runner (St. Louis - Kansas City) makes additional stops in Independence, Lee's Summit, Warrensburg, Sedalia, Jefferson City, Hermann, Washington, and Kirkwood; the Southwest Chief (Chicago - Los Angeles) stops in Kansas City and La Plata; and the Texas Eagle (Chicago - Dallas/San Antonio - Los Angeles) serves St. Louis and Poplar Bluff. Finally, St. Louis operates its MetroLink system, a light-rail/rapid transit service spanning 46 miles and connecting Lambert-St. Louis International Airport; Shrewsbury, Missouri; Scott Air Force Base; Shiloh, Illinois; and downtown St. Louis.
Montana Passenger Train Travel
Montana has attempted to increase its passenger rail services offered by Amtrak over the years. However, currently only the transcontinental Empire Builder (Chicago - Seattle) serves the state stopping in Wolf Point, Glasgow, Malta, Havre, Shelby, Cut Bank, Browning, East Glacier Park, Essex, West Glacier, Whitefish, and Libby. There is also bus stations or stops offered at/to Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Glendive, Livingston, Miles City, and Sidney. Finally, Greyhound service is available at Missoula.
Nebraska Passenger Train Travel
Nebraska is served only by Amtrak's long-distance California Zephyr (Chicago - Denver - San Francisco) which serves Omaha, Hastings, Lincoln, Holdrege, and McCook. There are no bus services offered within the state.
Nevada Passenger Train Travel
Nevada's only Amtrak service is via the long-distance California Zephyr (Chicago - Denver - San Francisco) with station stops at Elko, Reno, and Winnemucca. There is also bus service to Las Vegas, Laughlin, Sparks, and Stateline. Finally, the "X Train" or Las Vegas Railway Express is a relatively new company which plans to provide upscale, luxury passenger rail service between Las Vegas and Los Angeles. There have been multiple delays since the company was launched in 2010 and a scheduled start-date is unknown.
New Hampshire Passenger Train Travel
New Hampshire is served only by the Downeaster (Brunswick - Boston) with stops at Dover, Durham, and Exeter. Amtrak also offers bus stops at Berlin, Conway, Lincoln, Littleton, Manchester, New Hampton, Plymouth, and Tilton.
|The northbound Crescent is seen here led by a pair of P42DCs as the train crosses Louisiana's Lake Pontchartrain near New Orleans on December 22, 2007.|
New Jersey Passenger Train Travel
Being home to the Northeast Corridor there are numerous passenger trains which pass through New Jersey including regional services Acela Express (stops at Newar, Iselin, and Trenton) and Northeast Regional (stops at Newark, Iselin, New Brunswick, Princeton Junction, and Trenton). Amtrak's long-distance trains serving the state include the Cardinal (New York - Chicago) at Newark and Trenton; Carolinian/Piedmont (New York - Charlotte) at Newark and Trenton; Crescent (New York - New Orleans) at Newark and Trenton; Keystone (New York - Harrisburg) at Trenton, Princeton Junction, New Brunswick, Iselin, and Newark; Palmetto/Silver Service trains (New York - Florida points) at Newark and Trenton; Pennsylvanian (New York - Pittsburgh) at Newark and Trenton; and the Vermonter (St. Albans - Washington) at Newark, Iselin, and Trenton.
Finally, NJ Transit provides extensive commuter rail and rapid transit services throughout the northern region of the state to provide transportation into and out of New York City. Additionally, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), serving the greater Philadelphia area, operates as far as Atlantic City. Also, PATH (Port Authority Trans-Hudson) is a joint New York/New Jersey rapid transit operation serving Newark, Harrison, Hoboken, and Jersey City as well as Manhattan in New York City. It is operated by the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey.
New Mexico Passenger Train Travel
New Mexico is served by the Southwest Chief (Chicago - Los Angeles) to the north with stops at Raton, Las Vegas, Lamy, Albuquerque, and Gallup. The Sunset Limited (New Orleans - Los Angeles) also makes stops at Deming and Lordsburg. Amtrak also provides bus service to Las Cruces. Finally, the state-funded New Mexico Rail Runner Express, opened in 2006, provides commuter rail connections over a 97-mile system between Santa Fe and Belen via Albuquerque.
New York Passenger Train Travel
Amtrak provides multiple long-distance and regional rail services within the state of New York. It also offers bus stops at Dunkirk, Jamestown, and Lake Placid. To learn more about each please visit the carrier's website. The state also funds several of its own heavy commuter rail and rapid transit/light rail services including the Long Island Railroad and Metro-North Railroad, operated by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). Additionally, PATH (Port Authority Trans-Hudson) is a joint New York/New Jersey rapid transit operation serving Newark, Harrison, Hoboken, and Jersey City as well as Manhattan in New York City. It is operated by the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey. Finally, Buffalo Metro Rail provides light rail service over 6.4 miles of trackage within the city limits. For more information regarding all of these services please visit their individual websites.
North Carolina Passenger Train Travel
North Carolina is served by several Amtrak trains including a few that are partially subsidized by the state; the Carolinian/Piedmont (New York - Charlotte) serves Rocky Mount, Wilson, Selma, Raleigh, Cary, Durham, Burlington, Greensboro, High Point, Salisbury, Kannapolis, and Charlotte; the Crescent (New York - New Orleans) stops at Greensboro, High Point, Salisbury, Charlotte, and Gastonia; and the Palmetto/Silver Service trains (New York - Raleigh - Florida points) stop in Rocky Mount, Wilson, Selma, Raleigh, and Fayetteville. Amtrak also offers bus service to various locations. In 2004 the city of Charlotte launched its new rapid transit/light service known as Lynx Rapid Transit, operating 9.6 miles. The state's long-term plan is to have passenger service established from the coast (Wilmington) to the western mountains (Asheville). You can learn more about their website, NCByTrain.org.
North Dakota Passenger Train Travel
North Dakota is served only by Amtrak's long-distance Empire Builder (Chicago - Seattle) which stops at primarily at Fargo, Grand Forks, Devils Lake, Rugby, Minot, Stanley, and Williston.
Ohio Passenger Train Travel
Ohio is served by three intercity Amtrak trains. These include the Capitol Limited (Washington - Chicago) with stops in Alliance, Cleveland, Elyria, Sandusky, and Toledo; Lake Shore Limited (New York/Boston - Chicago) serving Bryan, Toledo, Sandusky, Elyria, and Cleveland; and the Cardinal/Hoosier State stopping in Cincinnati. Finally, Cleveland offers light rail/rapid transit service via two lines that span more than 15 miles stopping at 34 stations. The system entered service in 1913 and has went by different names over the years. For more information about this service please visit the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority's website.
Oklahoma Passenger Train Travel
Oklahoma is only served by Amtrak's regional Heartland Flyer, which connects Oklahoma City with Fort Worth. Intermediate stops include Norman, Purcell, Pauls Valley, Ardmore, Gainesville (Texas). Starting in 2015 a trial passenger train will link Oklahoma City with Tulsa; schedules and fares are not yet known.
Oregon Passenger Train Travel
Oregon has seen its passenger rail services steadily increase over the years. Today, two intercity Amtrak trains make stops within the state; the Coast Starlight (Seattle - Los Angeles) serves Portland, Salem, Albany, Eugene, Chemult, and Klamath Falls; the Amtrak Cascades (Vancouver, British Columbia - Seattle - Eugene) is a regional service with stops at Eugene, Albany, Salem, Oregon City, and Portland. Amtrak also offers extensive bus service within Oregon. Additionally, the state plays host to a commuter rail system known as the Westside Express Service; initiated in 2009 it spans nearly 15 miles between Beaverton and Wilsonville in the Portland metropolitan area. Finally, Portland is also home to two light-rail system; the Portland Streetcar began service in 2001 via two lines that total 7.2 miles within the downtown area; also, MAX Light Rail serves the city's much broader metropolitan area via a system of more than 52 miles and 87 stations. To learn more about all of these please visit their respective websites.
Pennsylvania Passenger Train Travel
Pennsylvania is served by more than a dozen regional and intercity passenger trains operated by Amtrak. These trains operate on either the Northeast Corridor serving north-south regions, or connect Philadelphia - Pittsburgh, and Cumberland - Pittsburgh as well as points further west. To learn more about all of Amtrak's services within the state please visit the carrier's website. Finally, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) provides extensive commuter and light-rail service within the greater Philadelphia region. Additionally, Pittsburgh Light Rail ("The T") provides rapid transit service via a 26-mile system.
Rhode Island Passenger Train Travel
While small, tiny Rhode Island being part of the Northeast Corridor is served by Amtrak's regional services the high-speed Acela Express (stops at Providence) and Northeast Regional (stops at Providence, West Kingston, and Westerly).
South Carolina Passenger Train Travel
South Carolina is served by Amtrak's Silver Service trains as well as the Palmetto (New York - Florida points) with stops in Dillon, Florence, Kingstree, North Charleston, Yemassee, Camden, Columbia, and Denmark. Finally, the Crescent (New York - New Orleans) makes stops in Spartanburg, Greenville, and Clemson.
South Dakota Passenger Train Travel
At this time South Dakota has no passenger train service.
Tennessee Passenger Train Travel
Surprisingly, the state of Tennessee is served by only a single Amtrak long-distance train with the City of New Orleans (Chicago - New Orleans) stopping in Newbern and Memphis. Also, there a bus station is offered in Nashville. In 2006 a new commuter rail service was launched to serve Nashville. Known as the Music City Star it currently runs 32 miles and serves 6 stations. Finally, in Memphis the MATA Trolley utilizes historic streetcars as it operates a 10-mile system within city limits with 25 stops via three routes.
Texas Passenger Train Travel
There are currently three long-distance Amtrak trains serving the Lone Star State; the regional Heartland Flyer (Okahoma City - Fort Worth) stops in Fort Worth and Gainesville; the Sunset Limited (Los Angeles - New Orleans) serves Beaumont, Houston, San Antonio, Del Rio, Sanderson, Alpine, and El Paso; and the Texas Eagle (Chicago - Los Angeles) makes stops in Marshall, Longview, Mineola, Dallas, Fort Worth, Cleburne, McGregor, Temple, Taylor, Austin, San Marcos, San Antonio, Del Rio, Sanderson, Alpine, and El Paso. Amtrak offer extensive bus services within Texas.
There are also three notable commuter/heavy rail systems operating in the state; the A-Train began in 2011 serving Denton County via 6 station stops; the Trinity Railway Express began service in 1996 serving Dallas/Fort Worth over a system of 34 miles and 10 stations; and Capital MetroRail serves the Austin area, which began service in 2009 over a 32-mile system with 9 station stops. Finally, Dallas features two light-rail services; the McKinney Avenue Transit Authority is a historic streetcar operation while the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) is a traditional rapid transit system spanning 90 miles and 62 station stops. Also, Houston's METRORail, which began in 2004 features a 12.8 mile system with 24 stations.
Utah Passenger Train Travel
Amtrak's only intercity train serving Utah is the California Zephyr (San Francisco - Chicago) with stops in Green River, Helper, Provo, and Salt Lake City. There are also bus services Salt Lake City and St. George. Utah's FrontRunner heavy commuter rail system connects Salt Lake City, Provo, and Ogden. It began service in 2008 with 16 stations and is 88 miles in length. Finally, two light-rail systems serve Salt Lake City including TRAX and the S Line.
Vermont Passenger Train Travel
Vermont is served by two passenger trains; the Ethan Allen Express (Rutland - New York) stops at Rutland and Castleton while the Vermonter (St. Albans - Washington) serves St. Albans, St Albans, Essex Junction, Waterbury, Montpelier, Randolph, White River Junction, Windsor, Bellows Falls, and Brattleboro.
Virginia Passenger Train Travel
There are several long-distance or regional Amtrak trains that serve the state of Virginia including the Carolinian/Piedmont (New York - Charlotte) stopping at Alexandria, Quantico, Fredericksburg, Richmond, and Petersburg; Crescent (New York - New Orleans) with stops at Alexandria, Manassas, Culpeper, Charlottesville, Lynchburg, and Danville; Palmetto/Silver Service trains (New York - Florida points) with stops at Alexandria, Richmond, and Petersburg; the Cardinal. (New York - Chicago) with stops at Alexandria Manassas, Culpeper, Charlottesville, Staunton, and Clifton Forge; the Northeast Regional (Boston - Norfolk/Newport News) extending as far south as Newport News; and the Auto Train (Lorton - Sanford, Florida) launches from Lorton. There is also bus service at Blacksburg, Roanoke, and Virginia Beach. In 2011 a new light-rail service was launched serving Norfolk and known as The Tide. It operates 7.4 miles and serves 11 stations.
Washington Passenger Train Travel
Amtrak's service to Washington State includes the regional Cascades (Vancouver, British, Columbia - Eugene, Oregon) with stops in Vancouver, Kelso, Centralia, Lacey, Tacoma, Tukwila, Seattle, Edmonds, Everett, Stanwood, Mount Vernon, and Bellingham; the Coast Starlight (Seattle - Los Angeles) serving Seattle, Tacoma, Lacy, Centralia, Kelso, and Vancouver; and the Empire Builder (Seattle - Chicago) stopping at Spokane, Pasco, Wishram, Bingen, Vancouver, Ephrata, Wenatchee, Leavenworth, Everett, Edmonds, and Seattle. Extensive bus services are also provided to various cities within Washington. Finally, the state-sponsored Sounder Commuter Rail system provides commuter service between Seattle, Everett, and Lakewood via an 82-mile system serving 12 stations. Also, Sound Transit provides extensive light rail services within the Puget Sound region while Seattle's streetcar system provides service within the downtown area. To learn more about all of these please visit their respective websites.
|One of Amtrak's southbound Cascades trainsets powered by F59PHI #466 rolls past a BNSF stack train as it skirts the Puget Sound at Edmonds, Washington on the evening of September 3, 2010.|
West Virginia Passenger Train Travel
West Virginia's only intercity service as the current time is Amtrak's Cardinal (New York - Chicago) which offers a handful of stops across the southern part of the state between White Sulphur and Huntington running near the beautiful New River much of the way. Finally, Maryland's MARC Train commuter service extends as far west as Martinsburg where it takes passenger back into the Washington, D.C./Baltimore metropolitan region. Its entire system spans about 187 miles and extends through other parts of Maryland.
Wisconsin Passenger Train Travel
The one long-distance Amtrak train to serve Wisconsin is the Empire Builder (Chicago - Seattle) which stops at Milwaukee, Columbus, Portage, Wisconsin Dells, Tomah, and La Crosse. The regional Hiawatha (Chicago - Milwaukee) makes an intermediate stop at Sturtevant. The state also features extensive bus services. Finally, the Kenosha Streetcar service has a history that traces back to the early interurban/streetcar era at the turn of the 20th century. It currently operates on a 2-mile loop. For more information about Amtrak and the streetcar please visit their respective websites.
Wyoming Passenger Train Travel
Wyoming offers no passenger train services at this time.