Monday, December 17, 2012
Recent Passenger Rail Developments
I just wanted to send you a short note to highlight some of the new developments in passenger rail service in Massachusetts and New England. First, passenger rail service will begin between Boston and Hyannis starting Memorial Day Weekend running each weekend ending in September. The trains will depart South Station running on the Lakeville line with additional stops in Buzzards Bay and Hyannis. The trains will have food and beverage service along with a car specifically for bicycles. This service will help alleviate weekend Cape traffic and give residents other travel options than driving or bus service. To read more follow this link: http://www.boston.com/business/news/2012/12/13/cape-cod-train-set-roll-summer/UnYq3ZwwsaJG26Bu4DwCwJ/story.html.
Another development in passenger rail service is Amtrak’s recent decision to change its current strategy from adding more rail cars to its Acela trains to making long term investments by replacing its entire Northeast fleet with new high-speed train sets. This will increase the current top speed in the Northeast Corridor from 170 mph to 220 mph. Amtrak set record ridership in 2012 and with long term investments such as this, they will only increase ridership and the convenience of passenger rail travel. To read more about this change in strategy follow this link: http://money.cnn.com/2012/12/13/news/economy/amtrak-acela/
As always, thank you for your support with this and other issues.