Passenger Rail

The Proposed Network of Preferred Routes from the Federal Railroad Administration. The map includes routes through South Dakota, the only state in the contiguous U.S. to have never had passenger rail service. (image courtesy FRA)

Latest Amtrak study maps include potential routes through Sioux Falls, Rapid City

BY: - February 19, 2024

A long distance rail study from the Federal Railroad Administration includes new maps showing two possible South Dakota passenger rail routes. The routes would run through Sioux Falls and Rapid City on a line connecting the Twin Cities to Denver, and through Sioux Falls on a line connecting the Twin Cities and Kansas City. The […]

Travelers board an Amtrak train at Union Station on Nov. 22, 2023, in Washington, D.C. (Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)

Amtrak ambition: The lonely quest to break SD’s resistance to passenger rail

BY: - January 19, 2024

You can’t reach Mount Rushmore by passenger rail. Or the Badlands. Or Wall Drug.  Or just about anywhere else in South Dakota. It’s one of two states in the contiguous U.S. without Amtrak passenger train service – and the only one to have never had it.   Pennington County Commissioner Lloyd LaCroix would like to see […]