An Amtrak train is the slowest train.
That’s the gist of a new study that has tracked the speed of trains in more than two decades and compared them with other modern railroads.
The results, published in the Journal of Transportation Research, reveal that Amtrak’s Train 101 and the North American Pacific Railroad’s Northeast Corridor Rapid Transit trains have about the same speed as they did when they were first designed in the 1960s.
But they’re far slower than other modern railroad trains that run at speeds in the neighborhood of 80 miles per hour or more.
The average speed for Amtrak trains has fallen to 63 mph (101 kph) and that of the Northeast Corridor Transit, a train that connects Washington, D.C., to Boston, is about 50 mph (80 kph).
The trains are designed to run in traffic and are expected to get better as people and their cars travel on the system.
Amtrak has said it expects the Northeast Coast Rapid Transit to be able to keep up with demand and get riders more frequently on trains, which would be a boon to the economy.
The Northeast Coast Railway is also a major source of jobs in the region, but Amtrak says that is due to its role as a main commuter train service between New York City and Boston.
Amtrak’s trains are so much faster than other major railroad systems that many people are taking Amtrak trains and not the subway, said Richard M. Pritzker, president of the Pritzkers Family Foundation, a nonprofit focused on transportation.
Amtrak says the trains get the job done, but that’s not the case with the other major railroads that have long been used for commuting.
“This is a really interesting study, but it’s a very small sample size, and it’s not representative of the system as a whole,” Pritzke said.
The study tracked a train from New York to Boston every 13 minutes for six months starting in 2008.
The train had to travel at a speed of more than 140 mph (207 kph), which is slower than the 105 mph (199 kph, or 228 kph in the city’s subway system) and 80 mph (129 kph on the North Atlantic’s Rapid Transit line) speeds of some other major lines.
The study was conducted by researchers at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and included data from more than 60,000 people, including more than 400 who took the train every day.
At first glance, the trains seemed to run faster than most other railroads do, said David S. Brown, a senior research scientist at the Pulsar Institute at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
But he said the study is not a perfect representation of the speed differences between the trains.
Amtrak trains are not designed to be fast in general.
They have many moving parts and many parts that are moving, he said.
“Some parts are stationary, and some are moving,” Brown said.
Amtrak is planning to improve the system by upgrading some of its trains to run more efficiently, which is expected to happen in 2021.