How To Turn Train Stations Into Money Makers


By Noel T. Braymer

Rail Passenger service needs stations to pick up and drop off passengers: that obvious. But at least in America stations are often assumed to be overhead, a cost center but not a source of revenue. Today many transit and commuter railroads ignore the potential of stations to generate revenue or an economic asset to the community. Even if such income doesn’t cover all the costs, its still can reduce the costs of owning and running a station. Outside of the United States more efforts are made to provide services to passengers that bring in income. This is seen in this country at airport terminal where with each remodeling there are more services and places to spend money while waiting for flights.This can also be done on a different scale at train stations. Where there is foot traffic there is potential for business. One thing successful train…

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