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Watch Amtrak's Trains Move Along Their Routes in Real Time - Eric Jaffe - The Atlantic Cities

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Remember that train robbery scene from Breaking Bad (season 5, episode 5), where they steal the supply of methylamine? 

This week Amtrak released "Track a Train" — an interactive, Google-powered, real-time-ish status map of its 300-plus daily trips. America's passenger rail provider says it created the feature because checking train status is the second most-popular action on its website, after buying tickets. Now travelers and train enthusiasts alike can see how slow fast a particular Amtrak train is moving at any given time.

Requisite snark aside, the service looks both polished and useful. (You can find it in the lower-left corner of Amtrak's main site.) The base map gives a national overview of Amtrak's service at the moment. Active trains are indicated by a blue arrow pointing in the direction they're traveling. Stations are shown as smaller white dots. A purple circle enclosing a number shows how many trains are in high-traffic areas and lets users zoom in with one click.

Cool. Cool cool cool.

134 mph cool.

Whoa. How much faster would high speed rail be?

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