It looks like ridership matters. Keep riding the trains we may get more funding for trains.
State rail projects get boost as driving declines
Associated Press – September 30, 2008 7:55 PM ET
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – U.S. Transportation Secretary Mary Peters says the federal government is chipping in nearly $30 million for 15 passenger rail projects across the country as Americans continue to drive less and take the train more.
Peters announced the funding today at an Amtrak station in Richmond, Virginia — 1 of the sites that will benefit. The projects are aimed at boosting intercity rail capacity and on-time performance.
Also benefiting is a project in Ohio, where $62,500 will help pay for a feasibility study for start-up service of 2 round trips per day between Cleveland and Columbus, and possibly to Cincinnati.
Peters released new data showing that Americans drove 9.6 billion fewer miles in July 2008 than July 2007 — a 3.6% decline.