Inside Amtrak’s Dying Long-Distance Trains | WSJ

Amtrak’s proposals for altering or eliminating some of its long-distance train routes, in favor of more frequent service where the population is growing, is facing opposition among those who fear rural America would suffer. WSJ’s Jason Bellini reports.
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  • Being a Baltimore & Ohio enthusiast I believe Amtrak is the spiritual successor of the B&O as the majority of its routes are used and the Capitol Limited continues under the banner.

    B&O5300B&O530014 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • So wild that the point of Amtrak is saving passenger trains, because they cost the old railroads too much money to keep running.

    AbsoluteMoonmanAbsoluteMoonman3 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • i love riding my lock trax and taking the bus

    Jay WolinJay Wolin4 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I just became aware of this form of long distance travel. This is such a great option for some hat has the time and wants to see the country. I'm trying to get some friends together for a roundtrip cross country adventure.

    Gail RussellGail Russell4 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • The Commonwealth of Massachusetts alone spends $2 Billion a year on Illegal Aliens, yet nothing for most of America, especially Rural America ??? when Amtracks loss is only 1/2 a Billion $

    James BerloJames Berlo5 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • US has fallen hugely behind China when it comes to trains.

    Hold OverHold Over6 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Long distance travel by train is just idiotic.

    Brewer CrainBrewer Crain6 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Please DON'T make the mistake they did over here in 🇬🇧!!

    Suzy QualcastSuzy Qualcast6 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Extend the Acela line to Atlanta and then more profit will come.

    Luke FarmerLuke Farmer6 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Amtrak needs to invest in bullet trains.

    The Investment CornerThe Investment Corner6 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Flying has become an ordeal. More passenger train availability would give more comfortable options, at least for folks who can take more time to travel - like tourists. Frankly, given the time one must add on to a plane flight in order to struggle through security, plane travel isn't quite as fast as the airlines would like one to believe. And airline food is worse than revolting.

    Helene LHelene L8 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Amtrak needs to invest in bullet trains.... Now we are talking

    Shemar McMillianShemar McMillian8 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I prefer rail travel over flying and if amtrak was like european trains hit would be great.

    Keith StewardKeith Steward8 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • No. Don’t cut any train routes! We have to keep all the rail lines open. Integrate the various modes of transportation and high density development and ridership will pick up. We need it for the efficiency and people always try to get in the way of new trail, so keep using what you have

    gbrscgbrsc8 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • What a shame to hear such horrible talk or a topic. Trump has been trying to push rebuilding infrastructure now for a while . I feel like Trump and I'm sure many ,many others out there. Long distance ground travel by train isn't all that great? But if we had high speed rail service to travel across the land ? Perhaps travel by rail would increase two fold ? Capisce?? This country's two party system really isn't doing the work for the American people instead ? Its a matter of who can richer faster and feed themselves despite what many in the political community say's. Lets all be adults here and agree. If things were being done for the people ? And the country ??? I personally feel many ,many things in the scope of the eye would be really ? Different . To start with as we have all heard before. Job's... "real job's " supported by real not fake numbers. Real people working ...earning really good incomes and working class American's both young and old alike are able to work and truly afford health insurance. But all of that is somewhat of another chapter. In close on the rail system ? We really do need a high speed U.S. rail system , yeah it might take away some air travel but it could be done and maybe even in a clean air way. Electrical engineering of high speed?? Etc. And how about on that job's note ? Create job's both short and long term job's we could have a train system like Europe or some of Asia ? Just think folks... i mean really think of all the greater possibilities rather than ? The negative talkers ... the Ney sayers.

    vincent parlantevincent parlante8 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I think the long distance train is an American icon. Should be kept alive for the sake of our souls

    Human 101Human 1019 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I am from asia... when someday I have a chance to visit the us, I would love to try amtrak train! 😀

    ada dehada deh9 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Apparently there's no $ for up keeping those trains either. They're sorry lookin and uncomfortable inside. If you want a decent long distance train ride, go to Europe, Japan or China. Oh, I think that even Riyad has high speed train to Mecca. Not here.

    Tele OpinionsTele Opinions9 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • One of the biggest issues in America is our carbon foot print and trains are way more fuel efficient and cheeper. So why don’t we have more rail services even medium city’s the heartland flyer goes all the way from Houston to Oklahoma City why not extend it up through Wichita and Kansas City

    Tucker SchultzTucker Schultz9 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I fell bad for them on august 15th 2019 in san juan capistrano oof

    IMMLG PlayZIMMLG PlayZ9 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I have ridden amtrack and have ridden about 70.000 miles since I was 15 yrs old.i have flown before & didn't like the idea of having two seats the seat where they give you when you board and the other when you use the facilities.Your not allowed to get up and strolll I mean where to the toilet wow I have recently retired and do have some time to travel and if they cut the trains it will suck why can't they find money that we have like take 15 or 20 percent from military spending and help amtrack with that because once it's gone it's gone and it would cost too much once they have sold all the equipment/rolling stock to other countries .not to mention the increasing the unemployment in this country . When amtrack started they were given the other raillines equipment to run this time there won't be any to rely on.

    Edmunde LalondeEdmunde Lalonde9 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • What's so sad is it' these rural residents living in impoverished areas to move to the cities where the jobs are like anyone with a brain already has.

    HeyMildredHeyMildred9 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Lower footprint. It's good stuff. I wish they could make a profit.

    ant mayorgaant mayorga10 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I have to pay for internet service have the cities pay for train service keep the train going why not

    Brendan RamirezBrendan Ramirez10 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Would love to use the trains but poor services!

    sol starsol star10 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • And here in the wonderful Rainbow Nation called South Africa our railway system is almost non existend.

    Frederick BurgerFrederick Burger10 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • We can spend over $800 billion on the Iraq War but we can’t afford to help Americans in America by funding Amtrak more?

    CoelophysisCoelophysis11 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Lets not forget the whole reason the railroad in the US even exists is because the goverment granted the right of way and land to rail companies with the condition that those rail companies provide passenger service to the communities along those right of ways . Frieght companies like the union pacific and the like shrugged off there obligation in the 70s and amtrak was cobbled together as a compromise and now we are bickering over who has the right of way or the higher priority to use the rails . I say the rails were built on the tax payers dime and belong to the tax payer if anyone has a right to the rails its the public and the priority was and still is to serve the public good .

    Angel MoreloAngel Morelo11 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Another waste of money !!!

    Bobby DaleBobby Dale12 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Going to try the Empire Builder in a few weeks!

    John HamJohn Ham12 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • What costs more than a plane ticket, AND is more dangerous? All aboard...

    gene ericgene eric12 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • We need a high speed train. Boston to New York on Amtrak is literally slower than driving in bad traffic.

    SoftySofty13 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Someone should fix this problem.

    Toni KemppainenToni Kemppainen13 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • It’s costs 3x more and at least 3 x SLOWER to get where you’re going than any other mode of transportation

    PurpleKisses ASMRPurpleKisses ASMR13 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I live in PHX, 5th largest city in the county. I would have to take a 2+ hour bus, leaving at some ungodly midnight hour to go to Flagstaff before getting on a train to Chicago. Much the same (only the nightmare bus heads to Tucson) if I want to go to Houston. Total madness. People don't use US trains not because they don't want to, but because they suck.

    bill erklauerbill erklauer13 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Big city to big city is fine by me. I'd only ride one to another big city.

    Jack SonJack Son13 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Love to travel by train. I feel safer than car travel and it takes me back to my childhood days traveling by train to my grandparents house with my brothers and sister. We had a ball on the train going from Illinois to Kansas. The last time I took the train was from Louisiana to Illinois in a sleeper car. I fell asleep and didn’t wake up until I was almost at my destination. I like to think the train rocks me to sleep. Slower pace but very enjoyable...we all need to slow down sometimes. For anyone that hasn’t travel by train try just might like it.

    Vickie WilliamsVickie Williams13 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Maybe put the train tracks somewhere useful.

    Colma BColma B14 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • No one wants nasty buses

    Andrew GordonAndrew Gordon14 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • "The question isn't if its profitable". Ok, rephrase - the question should be: can it support itself? Highways and roads are supported by gas taxes, and because so much gas is bought, sufficient taxes can be raised to cover the cost of the roads. Not so with most of the rail in US. That part with the 100 year old woman was cute, but Atlanta to Birmingham is maybe a 2.5 hour drive. Almost no one is going to take a train for that (especially when its probably double or more the time). So what are you gonna do - run 4 trains a day on that line with almost no passengers? Rail doesn't make economic sense in the US because we don't have the population density of cities in other countries, period.

    CrustyCurmudgeonCrustyCurmudgeon14 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Would rather take Amtrak than any bus.

    Brett CooperBrett Cooper14 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • What?! I didn't even know these existed in the United States! Omg! Now I wanna ride one! It has always been my dream, and I was here thinking I needed to fly to Europe to catch a long distance train!

    Mayeline SantanaMayeline Santana14 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • The country is unwilling to invest in the country’s infrastructure. We would rather spend 10’s if not 100’s of billions on weapons. Then again, what’s the role of private equity funds in providing the monies required by Amtrak?

    scasey1960scasey196014 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • At least it’s cheaper to ride on the rails than to fly.

    Ashton S.Ashton S.14 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Old graffiti artist who spent my entire life since I was 6 years old on the tracks up and down the Northeast Corridor. It absolutely breaks my heart to see that man say that Congress doesn't understand the needs of rural Americans. Has he ever questioned if Congress cares about those particular needs of those particular rural Americans?

    Truth VJ Mc DirtyWorkTruth VJ Mc DirtyWork14 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I really wish we had more rail in america. If we did I would travel a lot more of the country. I hate driving and flying scares me.

    ARMY YandereARMY Yandere14 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I am from Mississippi. By way of nawlins. But live in indy

    thumper stylesthumper styles14 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • This train is no joke but so freaking much to travel. For a family of 4 and you dont offer alot of service. Lower lower your prices

    thumper stylesthumper styles14 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Unprofitable services should be stopped. There’s a reason they are unprofitable and it’s not going to change.

    davva360davva36014 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Most Americans don’t like to travel long distances on train. They prefer to drive or fly. It’s that simple! And American taxpayers should NOT pay for what very few want.

    Bobby BradyBobby Brady14 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • We have a genius here - is this a toilet???

    408Magenta408Magenta15 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Keep the train, it’s amazing.

    Jayne’s Wool & ButtonsJayne’s Wool & Buttons15 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I take the Crescent from Union Square, Newark, NJ to good old New Orleans; I don't fly. It would be devastating to me and so many other people if Amtrak discontinued these long-distance trips. Buses would be an unacceptable substitute. I love the food and the roomette. Thanks, WSJ, for this post which goes to the heart of the matter. P.S. I don't understand why a man being interviewed shows train links going from Atlanta to Birmingham when the Crescent already stops at Birmingham;

    wifewife15 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Too expensive always late 🤷🏽‍♂️

    Tony SmithTony Smith15 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I won't be riding Amtrak anymore, when you buy a ticket you give up your right to sue if you are injured.

    solomon kanesolomon kane15 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • A lot of companies do that

      Michael HendricksonMichael Hendrickson13 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • As the wife and I age we have been using amtrak for instate day trips as well as longer trips to other states or larger cities.

    Chip GroffChip Groff15 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Democrats need to give the funded needed

    Tony DTony D15 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • America is being tricked by gas and automotive companies. If you look everywhere, most countries already have high speeds rail systems in place throughout their cities and connecting states, saving people hundreds on gas and automobile maintenance. America is the only few to be behind in this technology because they spend millions of tax money on construction roads and highways that never seems to be fixed

    M.Y. NiqqaM.Y. Niqqa15 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • M.Y. Niqqa Most Americans do NOT like to travel long distance on trains. They prefer to drive or fly. Cheaper too.

      Bobby BradyBobby Brady14 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I'm British and love the Idea of Amtrak, there's nothing like it in the UK. I'd love to go from Seattle to Chicago or something like that, just to see a lot more of America that isn't usually seen by many. Hopefully they don't exclude or close any links, lines or people.

    CaseyCasey16 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • the real crime here, is those socks!! 1:45

    Patrick WagzPatrick Wagz16 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Isn’t Amtrak owned by the government? What happened to capitalism?

    the one and only rusty shaklefordthe one and only rusty shakleford16 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • Because the free market isn't always good at delivering services at an affordable rate. Look at the post office. If only private entities delivered mail, you'd pay $5 a letter. Many rural areas wouldn't even have mail service because they're not profitable. Amtrak is in the same situation. They are unprofitable by design.

      Apollo DiomedesApollo Diomedes14 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Please let Amtrak stays 🙏🏾 forever 🗽

    joe jrjoe jr16 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • joe jr Most Americans do NOT like to travel long distance on trains. They prefer to drive or fly. Cheaper too.

      Bobby BradyBobby Brady14 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Rural America does not have train service!!!!

    Dan RDan R16 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • The last time I ride Amtrak was when my ex kicked out me and my kids in the middle of the night, we hopped on a train from CA to IA to come live with my parents. Amtrak is the literal best, I love it so much. If they kill the long distance trains, more people will be isolated, I hate to think what would happen. Keep long distance routes please! - by the way if you’ve never ridden a train, you should. So relaxing!

    The_Cat_Came_BackThe_Cat_Came_Back16 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • The US has such a bad public transport infrastructure

    Jumbomuffin13Jumbomuffin1316 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • Jumbomuffin13 Most Americans do NOT like to travel long distance on trains. They prefer to drive or fly. Cheaper too.

      Bobby BradyBobby Brady14 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • We have worlds greatest economy by far. How could that have happened with terrible public transportation infrastructure? Answer: it couldn't.

      inboxnewsinboxnews15 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • By the time amtrak is profitable, Elon musk will have replaced them with his hyperloop and tunnels.

    Chad LeachChad Leach16 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Just money handing from congress. Cannot imagine that it will be used purely for the good of the public.

    Legate ShawLegate Shaw16 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Profit : short distances, short term thinking- no!

    Roger HudsonRoger Hudson17 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • It is now 2020 I hope things go well Praying that Houston gets a better rail line

    BlindingLight 7BlindingLight 717 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Hey, that's Old Town Manassas at 2:10

    Steven ohSteven oh17 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • I noticed that too.We've been there several times.

      Susanne Schmidt CruzSusanne Schmidt Cruz15 วันที่ผ่านมา
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