What’s happening on the interrail network in the US?
By the time you read this, it’s probably been over two years since you’ve heard from the US Federal Transit Administration (FTA).
That’s been the case for almost a year now.
The agency was in its infancy when it first came into existence in the 1970s, and the early years were characterized by slowdowns, frequent cancellations, and frequent cancellation of train services.
The agency eventually became a central hub for US rail operations, with the creation of the Federal Transit Authority (FMA), which in turn helped to create a new and more efficient system of intercity rail transportation for the United States.
It has been more than a decade since the FTA took office, and for many of those years, the agency has been working to create an alternative to the existing rail network, using technologies like automated train tracking and the interlock technology, which uses the signals and cameras on the trains to create physical barriers between trains.
In a letter sent to the Federal Transportation Administration on Wednesday, the Federal Railroad Administration (Fedra) outlined plans to develop the Interrail system, a project that would bring the agency’s infrastructure up to par with what is already available in the United Kingdom and other countries around the world.
The Fedra letter notes that the InterRail project would be “based on the latest developments in interrail technology, including the use of advanced automated train control and a wide range of sensors that will be deployed on the rails.”
The FedRA’s letter to the FTA cites a variety of data points, including: The number of interrail trains is down over the last two years, as is the frequency of train trips, which are down by 80 percent compared to the last year; The average weekday capacity on interrail is down by about 50 percent, which has been the same since the beginning of the project in 2009; and The average daily interrail trip is down more than 25 percent compared with the last time the FTA conducted the project.
Fedra also noted that the agency expects to “increase the number of automated train stations and expand the number and range of automated rail stations, enabling a robust network that can support an additional 2.6 million daily train trips.”