More than 650,000 eighth graders scored in the top quarter nationally on standardized math and reading tests, researchers from the Education Trust found. Only about 10 percent were from families with the lowest socioeconomic status, a measure of income, occupation and education
What do I need to know about boarding my train?
The boarding process is very easy, but does vary from station to station. Here are some tips to help on your journey, beginning with what you need to know about boarding your train.
Checking tickets at the gate
At a few stations (Washington, DC; Philadelphia, PA; New York, NY; Boston, MA; Chicago, IL; Portland, OR; and Seattle, WA), passengers are required to show their tickets to an Amtrak employee at the gate prior to boarding. At these stations, be sure to have your printed ticket, or mobile eTicket open on your device screen, available for inspection while waiting to board.
At some stations it may be necessary to close boarding gates three to ten minutes prior to train departure to make sure you can board your train safely.
"As Mr Yglesias pointed out in response to an Amtrak blog post on this subject, New Jersey Transit, which uses the exact same platforms in Penn Station as Amtrak does, lets passengers wait on the platform—and carries more passengers. People all over the world are able to handle boarding trains from crowded, narrow platforms. Even we notoriously coddled Americans board trains from crowded platforms all the time; New York's Lexington Avenue 4-5-6 subway line carries more passengers every day than the Chicago, San Francisco, and Washington, DC, metro systems combined, and its platforms get extremely crowded. It's hard to believe that Amtrak passengers are any more (or less) prone to accidents on train platforms than subway or New Jersey Transit passengers.
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