Train Travel Today
Between 1945 and about 1970, railroads lost a lot of money. It cost a lot to run the railroads, and many people were choosing to fly or drive instead. The government was concerned about keeping passenger trains in business.
In 1971, Amtrak took over the operation of inter-city trains in the United States. Amtrak is a company partly financed (or paid for) by the U.S. government. The Mini Page spoke with an official at Amtrak about railroad travel today.
New routes, new trains
Amtrak is scheduling more trains along some of its more popular routes.
Amtrak’s newest train, the Acela Express, has been in service about six years. It travels between Washington, D.C., and Boston. At its fastest, it travels at about 150 miles per hour. Other passenger trains in the United States have top speeds of up to 110 miles per hour.