Summer by Rail 2016 Route

Follow me as I travel across the country by rail. This map is updated every few days to show the new route I've taken.

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STARTING POINT:

– From New York, NY to Chicago, IL –

PENN STATION (NY)

Fun Fact – NYC’s Penn Station is the busiest rail hub in N. America with 500K passengers every day. 

Did You Know – NYC’s Penn Station occupies 2 full city blocks between 7th and 8th Ave and 31st and 33rd St. 

Fun Fact – NYC’s Penn Station opened in 1910 and is considered a masterpiece of Beaux-Arts architecture.

Special thanks to: 

AmtrakEast Coast Greenway Alliance and League of American Cyclists

– From Chicago, IL to Whitefish, MO –

CHICAGO UNION STATION

Did You Know – Chicago Union Station took 12 years to build, from 1913 until 1925. 

Fun Fact – Chicago Union Station is the only double-stub station in the US with 24 tracks approaching the station from 2 directions. 

Did You Know – All Amtrak services in Chicago originate and terminate at Chicago Union Station to avoid transfers.

BLOOMINGTON-NORMAL

UPTOWN STATION (IL)

Did You Know – Bloomington-Normal Uptown Station has an LEED Silver certification for its environmental design

Fun Fact – Bloomington-Normal Uptown Station is one of the busiest Amtrak stations in Illinois and greater Midwest

ST. PAUL UNION STATION (MD)

Did You Know –St. Paul’s Union Depot was built on the approximate site of an old union station that opened in 1881

Did You Know – St. Paul’s UnionDepot was built from 1917 to 1926, with a delay in construction due to WWI 

Special thanks to: 

Chicago Department of Transportation and Active Transportation Alliance

– From Whitefish, MO to Portland, OR –

WHITEFISH DEPOT (MT)

Did You Know – Whitefish Depot was designed in a style reminiscent of Alpine resort hotels near Glacial National Park

Fun Fact – In 2011, Amtrak built Whitefish Depot a new platform with an electric snow-melting system

KING STREET STATION (WA)

Did You Know – Seattle’s King Street Station clock tower was inspired by the bell tower on the Piazza San Marco in Venice 

Did You Know – King Street Station was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973

Special thanks to: 

Adventure Cycling AssociationGlacier National Park (NPS) and Whitefish Convention & Visitors Bureau

– From Portland, OR to San Francisco, CA –

PORTLAND UNION STATION (OR)

Did You Know –Portland’s Union Station has been in continuous operation since it opened in 1896

Did You Know – Portland is one of 2 cities with the same name served by Amtrak

Did You Know – Portland Union Station was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1975

JACK LONDON SQUARE STATION (CA)

Did You Know – Jack London Square Station opened in 1995 to replace the 16th Street Station following the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake

Fun Fact – Novelist Jack London spent much of his boyhood on the waterfront that now bears his name, Jack London Square Station

Special thanks to: 

Rep. Earl Blumenauer's OfficeTransportation for AmericaYPT PortlandWTS PortlandBetter Block PDXMetro and BikePortland.org

– From San Francisco, CA to Grand Canyon National Park, AZ  –

SAN FRANCISCO'S TRANSBAY TRANSIT CENTER (CA)

Did You Know – San Francisco’s Transbay Transit Center will be a major hub and include Amtrak and High Speed Rail

Fun Fact  SF’s Transit Center will have pedestrian bridges that connect people to the Center’s rooftop park

Did You Know – San Francisco’s Transit Center is expected to open in late 2017 and connect 11 transportation systems

SALT LAKE CITY INTERMODAL TRANSPORATION (UT)

Did You Know – Salt Lake City Intermodal Transportation Center serves as single point of access to all transport systems

Fun Fact – Salt Lake City is close to the city’s historic Gateway District, home for railroad lines, yards and depots since late 1800s

Did You Know – Salt Lake City has made a big push to develop tourism, utilizing rail, and hosted the Winter Olympics in 2002

DENVER UNION STATION (CO)

Did You Know – Denver Union Station was built in 1881 but the central portion of the station was rebuilt following a 1894 fire

Did You Know – After 3 years of renovations Denver Union Station reopened in Feb 2014 for the arrival of California

Special thanks to: 

Capitol CorridorBART and San Francisco Bicycle Coalition

– From Grand Canyon National Park, AZ to Dallas, TX –

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK (AZ)

Did You Know – Since 1901, millions of people have visited the Grand Canyon by train 

Did You Know – Grand Canyon Depot is part of the Grand Canyon National Park Historic District and a National Historic Landmark

LOS ANGELES UNION STATION (CA)

Did You Know – Los Angeles Union Station was a major hub for defense workers arriving in California during WWII

Fun Fact – Los Angeles Union Station sits adjacent to the site of the original Los Angeles settlement, where Olvera Street is located

SAN ANTONIO (TX)

Did You Know – Rail service began in San Antonio on February 16, 1877 with a great celebration

Did You Know –Prior to 1998, Amtrak occupied space in Sunset Station, built in 1902 for any $115K

Special thanks to: 

Grand Canyon National Park (NPS)City of Flagstaff and Bright Angel Bike Tour

– From Dallas, TX to New Orleans, LA –

DALLAS UNION STATION (TX)

Did You Know – Dallas Union Station serves Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Amtrak TRE Trains and local buses 

Fun Fast – Dallas Union Station opened in 1916 and was designed to service 50K passengers a day 

OKLAHOMA CITY DEPOT (OK)

Did You Know – The Oklahoma City Depot was opened to passengers in 1034 and serves 45K people a year.

Did You Know – Located in the heart of this "mighty pretty city," the Oklahoma City Depot epitomizes jazzy Art Deco style. 

Did You Know – The Oklahoma City Depot was opened to passengers in 1034 and serves 45K people a year.

– New Orleans, LA to Washington, DC –

NEW ORLEANS UNION PASSENGER TERMINAL (LA)

Did You Know – When New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal opened in 1954 it was the only air conditioned station in the US.

Did You Know – The New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal served 44 passengers and 7 railroads when it was first opened.

MERIDIAN UNION STATION (MS)

Did You Know – Meridian Union Station is part of Downtown Historic District, which is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Did You Know – Meridian's first Union Station was completed in 1907 in Mission Revival style and at a cost of $250K.

CHARLOTTE STATION (NC)

Did You Know – The current Charlotte, NC station was built for the Southern Railway in 1962.

– Final Destination: Washington, DC –

UNION STATION (DC)

Did You Know – 100,000 people pass through DC's Union Station daily using Amtrak, Maryland Transit Administration and Virginia Railway Express.

Fun Fact – DC's Union Station is larger than the US Capitol and was built in 1908 as part of a "City Beautiful" plan.