Improved Rail Passenger Services

Proposed Passenger Rail Network

We believe that modern, fast, comfortable, convenient, and affordable intercity train services – operating at speeds up to 79-90 mph on existing railroad lines—are needed now to provide citizens with needed alternatives to highway/air travel. Investment in additional rail services will generate more consumer demand going forward, than investments in more highways and airways.

Existing railroad lines already connect many of our towns and cities. While true High Speed Rail might well transpire in the future, for today we offer our vision as the most practical, economically feasible, and politically-palatable way forward..

Where we are now

Currently, the only two intercity passenger trains serving Arizona are Amtrak’s national long-distance “Southwest Chief” connecting Chicago with Los Angeles and the “Sunset Limited/Texas Eagle” which connects New Orleans and Los Angeles and Chicago and Los Angles. The “Southwest Chief” serves Winslow, Flagstaff and Kingman on a daily basis while the “Sunset Limited/Texas Eagle” serves Benson, Tucson, Maricopa (Phoenix) and Yuma on a tri-weekly schedule.

What we propose

All Aboard Arizona has studied all the potential rail routes in the state of Arizona and surrounding region. We evaluated populations, current track conditions and speeds, past ridership and schedules, conducted surveys of Amtrak passengers, met with city and county officials and civic leaders and reviewed the Federal Bureau of Transportation Statistics Travel Survey data.

The “Sunset Limited/Texas Eagle” needs to scheduled daily which would increase ridership and make convenient connections with the “Coast Starlight”, “Heartland Flyer”, “City of New Orleans” and “Crescent”. It needs to be re-routed through Phoenix which is the largest metropolitan area in the United States without intercity passenger train service. A second Tucson-Phoenix-Los Angeles train could be added as demand grows. These changes will provide rural and urban mobility options. They would allow safe and fast travel year around and relieve traffic congestion on Interstate 10.

We propose fast and frequent intercity service between Phoenix and Tucson along the Union Pacific right-of-way. It would also bring new economic development to cities and communities across rural Arizona. A Michigan study found $60 million a year in additional economic activity around their Amtrak stations after they invested in intercity rail.