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S P E C I A L R E P O R T :
Passenger Rail
Stat Snapshot
The light at
the end of the
pandemic's tunnel
seems to be getting
closer with each
passing week as new
vehicle orders and
infrastructure projects
continue to progress.
By Mischa Wanek-Libman,
executive editor
I
22 | Mass Transit | MassTransitmag.com | JUNE 2021
JUNE 2021
n a typical pre-pandemic year, rail modes
would account for nearly half of U.S. transit
ridership. However, passenger rail providers
are contending with deeper ridership reductions
and many have not experienced the start of
rebounds that bus modes have seen.
However, the industry is fighting to keep rail modes
robust and viable options within the mobility mix
through advocacy efforts and continued investment.
In late May, the American Public Transportation Association
(APTA) submitted testimony for the record to the U.S. House
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure urging the
establishment of a passenger rail trust fund.
" Passenger rail is an underutilized mode, and ripe to connect
with national and local transportation networks and rural
areas with high-performance corridor services. These services
will relieve congestion on highways and airspace and
provide efficient, accessible, equitable and environmentally
friendly mobility options. New and reinvigorated rail corridors
will have multiple users and would connect seamlessly with
Amtrak and local and regional public transit services, " APTA
Terminology NTD Mode Types
AR: Alaska Railroad
CC: Cable Car
CR: Commuter Rail
HR: Heavy Rail
IP: Inclined Plane
LR: Light Rail
MG/AG: Monorail/Automated
Guideway
SR: Streetcar
YR: Hybrid Rail
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