US Passenger Rail is a shadow of what it once was

The excellent Maps on the Web posted the Amtrak system map.

Here’s a look at US rail near its peak, in 1918.

That’s not a fair comparison, since the 1918 map is all rail, while the Amtrak is passenger-only. It’s probably more accurate to compare 1918 to this current map of US Rail, which is still dramatically sparser.

 

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