Amtrak says ridership on pace to set record |

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The rail carrier says ridership was up 4.3 percent during the first half of fiscal 2010 with a record 13.6 million passengers. Amtrak says that's about 100,000 more than the 13.5 million the first half of fiscal 2008, when a record 28.7 million passengers rode its trains between October and March.

President and CEO Joseph Boardman cited an improving economy and high fuel prices as factors in ridership growth.


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Now Google allows you to ride along on one of the worlds most famous trains, the Russian Trans-Siberia Express from Moscow to Vladivostok.  Google shows a window seat view video, in a second frame, a Google Map shows the trains location along the route and in a third area of the screen you can select audio, hear train noise, russian radio or the reading of "War And Peace". Google PageTrains Official Website - Wikipedia   TB

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Norfolk, Va.; and Washington, What if you could travel the 347 miles from Los Angeles to San Francisco in a fraction of the time it takes to drive this distance and without the security checks, the clogged terminals, and flight cancellations that seem to plague air travel these days? What if you could also save money, substantially decrease pollution and the need to build expensive highways, and create American jobs while you were at it? Seem like a pipe dream? It's not.