Which train stations are the most popular for rail travel?


The top three railway stations in the United States for train travel are all within 10 minutes of each other. 

And all three are popular with travellers. 

New York’s Midtown Station, for example, has seen a 35 per cent increase in passengers since 2012, according to Amtrak. 

The top three are: New York’s Union Station (9.3 per cent), Atlanta’s Terminal 1 (7.4 per cent) and Dallas’ Midland Station (7 per cent). 

New Orleans’s French Quarter station, for comparison, saw a 25 per cent jump in passenger numbers in the past year. 

While New York City and Houston are popular destinations, the most common rail destination in the US is Philadelphia. 

In fact, the city’s rail lines make up almost half the entire US population, with more than one in five commuters making the trip to and from their city. 

That number rises to more than half in Chicago. 

“There’s just something about the comfort of a train, whether you’re travelling with family or friends, and getting out on the train and sitting down for a while,” said Chris Anderson, a spokesperson for Amtrak, adding that trains are popular because they are “great for people to go and meet up with friends and family.” 

“I think they have a lot of people in the country who want to travel, who want some sort of fun.” 

And for travellers, it’s not just the train that is a fun part of the trip. 

A recent study by the Associated Press found that train travel has become more affordable and popular as people have started to live more independently. 

According to a recent study from the University of Maryland, the average person spends $100 on their commute, which equates to $1,000 per year.

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