Amtrak will celebrate the seventh annual National Train Day on May 10, the railroad said.
In addition to events in Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Chicago and Los Angeles, Amtrak is supporting events in many local markets across the country served by Amtrak. Event offerings include train equipment displays, family-friendly activities and local dignitaries.
“Trains have long been important to the growth and prosperity of our nation and today Amtrak supports our national economy and connectivity by moving America where it wants to go,” Amtrak President and CEO Joe Boardman said in a statement.
Boardman added that rail travel is a vital transportation alternative that is cost-efficient, environmentally friendly and in high public demand. In addition, intercity passenger trains matter because they connect rural communities with major metropolitan areas and afford passengers more than 500 destinations – an option that has become increasingly important as airline and bus companies reduce service to significant regions of America.
“Amtrak is America’s Railroad. Trains came first, long before the interstate and the airport,” Crawfordsville, Ind., Mayor Todd Barton said in a statement. “From a presidential candidate campaigning across the country to a young scholar leaving home for school, trains take us where we need to go. They are important and should be celebrated.”
For more information, visit NationalTrainDay.com.