Train Travel To­day

The Covington News - - EDUCATION -

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.

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