Regional Rail Systems in North America: Top 10 Train Networks That Connect Suburbs to Cities

We used to call these “commuter rail” services. But given regional transportation needs and a worldwide pandemic, Regional Rail is now the preferred term, with services focused on improving connections between suburbs and the central city. We’ll look at historical

Regional Rail Systems in North America: Top 10 Train Networks That Connect Suburbs to Cities

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We used to call these “commuter rail” services. But given regional transportation needs and a worldwide pandemic, Regional Rail is now the preferred term, with services focused on improving connections between suburbs and the central city. We’ll look at historical US commuter rail providers like MBTA, SEPTA, Metro-North, LIRR, and NJ Transit, as well as taking closer looks at what our neighbors to the north (GO Transit in Toronto and exo in Montreal, and the Tren Suburbano in Mexico City) are up to.

Also, we’ll spend some time exploring the new Moynihan Train Hall addition to NY Penn Station.

Check out @RMTransit for especially good Canadian content, but lots of international stuff, too — https://www.youtube.com/c/RMTransit

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– Top NBA/NHL Arenas That Fit Their Cities: https://youtu.be/Tpg7atI59A0
– Top Public Markets/Mercados: https://youtu.be/l10sV15O2a4
– Tunnels, featuring Guanajuato: https://youtu.be/POWAulNuX3Y
– Mexico City-Queretaro HSR: https://youtu.be/mvO4nH6pb1M
– Toronto-Montreal HSR: https://youtu.be/gZdnl7wEE9g
– North American Airport-Transit Connections: https://youtu.be/EYQdA2-eJ6g
– Top Cities for Bus Rapid Transit: https://youtu.be/YH0XdrD7Gnw
– Key North American Stations for HSR: https://youtu.be/dpdz6HcZj84

Resources:
NTD data: https://www.transit.dot.gov/ntd
https://www.caltrain.com/schedules/weekdaytimetable.html
https://exo.quebec/Media/Default/pdf/section4/Carte_reseau_train_de_banlieue_rtm.pdf
https://cdn.mbta.com/sites/default/files/2022-04/2022-03-commuter-rail-map-v36.pdf
http://www.septa.org/maps/system/index.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tren_Suburbano
http://fsuburbanos.com/secciones/operacion/horarios.php
https://www.gotransit.com/static_files/gotransit/assets/pdf/system-map.pdf
https://ridertools.metrarail.com/maps-schedules/system-map
https://schedules.metrarail.com/pdf/alternative/BNSF.pdf
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metra#Ridership
https://www.rideuta.com/-/media/Files/Rider-Tools/Route-Schedules/2021/August/750schedule_Aug2021.ashx
https://www.njtransit.com/schedules/printable
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metro-North_Railroad
http://web.mta.info/lirr/Timetable/lirrmap.htm
http://web.mta.info/mnr/html/mnrmap.htm
https://new.mta.info/agency/metro-north-railroad/schedules
http://web.mta.info/lirr/Timetable/

Image Credits:
– Paris RER By Frédéric de Villamil – originally posted to Flickr as Bir Hakeim – Grenelle, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=11215182
– Toluca rail By Bendito Coraje – https://benditocoraje.mx/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/TrenMexicoToluca.jpg, CC0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=115011268
– FrontRunner bike car By Ricardo630 – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=27131427
– FrontRunner By Joe Tordiff from one mile east o, the great salt lake – Front Runner, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4413997
– Cotsa Rica rolling stock By Falk2 – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=42198301
– Costa Rica regional rail map By Roqz – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=90041427
– NJ Transit (thumbnail) By Adam E. Moreira – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3539854
– Metra (thumbnail) By Russell Sekeet – Metra Rock Island 214Uploaded by Mackensen, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=30879880
– GO (thumbnail) By Richard Sunichura – https://votechinlee.files.wordpress.com/2014/10/dscn0550.jpg, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=38050704
– Tren Suburbano By Sofree – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5688013

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