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Intercity train services and routes in the USA

Metra train, Chicago, Illinois

Regional passenger railroads combine with Amtrak's national train service to extend intercity rail to over 1000 US destinations. Shown: Metra train, Chicago, Illinois. Photo: © rudi1976.


National service based in Philadelphia, PA

Amtrak trains trace the Pacific Coast, climb the Rockies, cross the Great Plains and head up and down the Eastern Seaboard. Among signature services, high-speed Acela trains ply the Boston-Washington Corridor, Auto Trains transport winter-weary northerners to sunny Florida and West Coast passengers make connections along the Coast Starlight's LA-San Francisco-Portland-Seattle line. Long-distance trains, with first-class Sleeper service, criss-cross the country. Frequent (multiple daily trip) regional services are largely concentrated on the West Coast... between Chicago and Midwest cities... and in the Northeast. The vast national passenger rail network connects some 450 destinations across 46 states.


Anchorage, Alaska

ARR's range of services are geared to answer the needs of several traveler demographics. Year-round passenger service between Anchorage and Fairbanks runs daily in summer, weekly from September to May. A "whistle-stop" branch loop runs selected days in summer; Once-a-month at other times. Also: Coastal Classic (Seward) and Glacier Discovery excursions from May to September.

Boston Regional

Boston, Massachusetts

MBTA Commuter Rail serves most of Eastern Massachusetts and dips into Rhode Island. Three stations serve the city. Downtown's South Station is the terminus for Southern and Western lines serving over 70 destinations including Worcester, Providence, Plymouth, and -- on Patriots game days -- Foxboro. Back Bay Station services are limited. Both stations are served by Amtrak. North Station's 50+ destinations include Concord, Salem and Cape Ann. The station is also the terminus for Amtrak's Downeaster (Maine) service.

Chicago Regional

Chicago, Illinois

Chicagoland's huge regional rail network sprawls along Illinois' Lake Michigan shore and into Wisconsin. Metra's eleven lines terminate at four different stations. Union Station's six lines count Brookfield Zoo (Hollywood) and O'Hare International Airport among their destinations. The station is also Amtrak's busy transcontinental hub. The trio of Union Pacific lines serving Ogilvie Tansportation Center lead to places as divergent as Oak Park and West Kenosha, Wisconsin. The Rock Island Line to Joliet, departing LaSalle Street Station, includes a stop near the U.S. Cellular Field home of the Chicago White Sox. Millenium Station's Metra Electric Line connects 'The Loop" with the south suburbs (the separate NICTD Southshore Line provides the station's service to Indiana).

New York Tri State

New York, New York

Two major LIRR lines extend the length of Long Island. Main Line trains connect Penn Station with Hempstead, Oyster Bay, Babylon, Port Jefferson and Greenport (Southold). Atlantic Line trains link Flatbush Avenue (Brooklyn) with Far Rockaway, Long Beach, West Hempstead, Babylon and Montauk. Both lines serve several intermediate City Terminal Zone stations before converging on Jamaica where transfer between all trains is possi.ble. A separate service connects Penn Station and Port Washington.

New York, New York and Hoboken, New Jersey

Connecting the Big Apple with its northern suburbs, Metro-North operates two separate divisions. East of Hudson services, departing from Grand Central Terminal and Harlem 125th Street, include Hudson and Harlem Line trains to the The Bronx, Westchester and points north and New Haven Line trains to Connecticut. Over 100 destinations are served including Yankee Stadium, West Point, and the Appalachian Trail. West of Hudson services, departing from Hoboken Terminal in New Jersey (accessible by PATH trains from Penn Station and NY Waterway Ferry from NY World Financial Center). include Port Jervis and Pascack Valley Line trains to points in northeastern New Jersey, and in Rockland and Orange Counties, New York.

Philadelphia Regional

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philly's extensive regional rail network covers Eastern Pennsylvania and parts of neighboring New Jersey and Delaware. The Center City Commuter Connection corridor is served by three major stations: Market East, Suburaban, and 30th Street; the later of which is also served by Amtrak. The majority of trains, which serve 13 separate lines, stop at all three stations. Among the 150 destinations are Manayunk, Chestnut Hill, Bucks County, Wilmington, Trenton, and Philadelphia International Airport.

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