Trains are a key to economic success for communities in the 21st century.
With train ridership in the U.S. continuing to set records, it is becoming more clear that trains attract college educated professionals in Gen Y. Smart young knowledge workers in turn create productivity and profits for companies.
Amtrak President Joe Boardman is correct when he recently noted: "Amtrak is delivering record ridership across the country and serving as an economic engine to help local communities grow and prosper," Amtrak President and CEO Joe Boardman said in a news release.
If you look at communities with light rail and train service, and compare them with communities that do not have light rail and train service, you will understand the Amtrak assertion.