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Amtrak Stations

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Frequently-anticipated questions:


What does this data set describe?

Title: Amtrak Stations
Abstract:
This map layer shows Amtrak intercity railroad passenger terminals in the United States and Canada. It includes train stations and thruway bus stations. There are no Amtrak stations in Alaska or Hawaii. The data are a subset of data available from the Research and Innovative Technology Administration's Bureau of Transportation Statistics (RITA/BTS) <http://www.bts.gov/gis/>.
  1. How should this data set be cited?

    National Atlas of the United States, 200509, Amtrak Stations: National Atlas of the United States, Reston, VA.

    Online Links:

  2. What geographic area does the data set cover?

    West_Bounding_Coordinate: 125
    East_Bounding_Coordinate: -70
    North_Bounding_Coordinate: 51
    South_Bounding_Coordinate: 24

  3. What does it look like?

  4. Does the data set describe conditions during a particular time period?

    Calendar_Date: Sep-2005
    Currentness_Reference: Publication date

  5. What is the general form of this data set?

  6. How does the data set represent geographic features?

    1. How are geographic features stored in the data set?

      This is a Vector data set. It contains the following vector data types (SDTS terminology):

      • Point (823)

    2. What coordinate system is used to represent geographic features?

      Horizontal positions are specified in geographic coordinates, that is, latitude and longitude. Latitudes are given to the nearest 0.000278. Longitudes are given to the nearest 0.000278. Latitude and longitude values are specified in Decimal degrees.

      The horizontal datum used is North American Datum of 1983.
      The ellipsoid used is GRS1980.
      The semi-major axis of the ellipsoid used is 6378137.
      The flattening of the ellipsoid used is 1/298.257222.

  7. How does the data set describe geographic features?

    Amtrak Station (described by amtrakx020.dbf)
    A location where Amtrak offers train and bus services. (Source: National Atlas of the United States)

    Shape
    The representation of the entity in the data. (Source: National Atlas of the United States)

    ValueDefinition
    Point0-dimensional element.

    Amtrakx020
    Internal feature number. (Source: National Atlas of the United States)

    Range of values
    Minimum:1
    Maximum:823

    Longitude
    The longitude of the point in decimal degrees, with six implied decimal places. (Source: Amtrak)

    Range of values
    Minimum:-124211990.000
    Maximum:-70290493.000

    Latitude
    The latitude of the point in decimal degrees, with six implied decimal places. (Source: Amtrak)

    Range of values
    Minimum:24555935.000
    Maximum:50331532.000

    Pointid
    A unique number assigned to each record by Amtrak. (Source: National Atlas of the United States)

    Range of values
    Minimum:1.000
    Maximum:937.00

    Featid
    The Amtrak station code, a unique, three-character identifier assigned to the Amtrak station. (Source: National Atlas of the United States)

    Formal codeset
    Codeset Name:Amtrak City Code List
    Codeset Source:Amtrak

    Descript
    The Amtrak station name. (Source: Amtrak)

    There is no predefined set of valid station names.

    Stfips
    The 2-digit FIPS code of the State or State equivalent in which the station is located. (Source: National Atlas of the United States)

    ValueDefinition
    <blank>The station is located outside of the United States.

    Formal codeset
    Codeset Name:Codes for the Identification of the States, the District of Columbia and the Outlying Areas of the United States, and Associated Areas, FIPS 5-2.
    Codeset Source:U.S. Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology

    Str_Addres
    The street address of the station. (Source: Amtrak)

    There is no predefined set of valid addresses.

    City
    The name of the city where the station is located. (Source: Amtrak)

    There is no predefined set of valid city names.

    State
    The 2-character FIPS code of the State or State equivalent in which the station is located, or the two-character abbreviation for the Canadian province in which the station is located. (Source: National Atlas of the United States)

    ValueDefinition
    BCBritish Columbia
    ONOntario
    QCQuebec

    Formal codeset
    Codeset Name:Codes for the Identification of the States, the District of Columbia and the Outlying Areas of the United States, and Associated Areas, FIPS 5-2.
    Codeset Source:U.S. Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology

    Zipcode
    The U.S. Postal Service ZIP Code for the station, or the Canadian postal code for the station. (Source: National Atlas of the United States)

    ValueDefinition
    <blank>The ZIP code or postal code is unknown.

    Formal codeset
    Codeset Name:Address Information Systems Viewer
    Codeset Source:U.S. Postal Service

    Formal codeset
    Codeset Name:Canadian Postal Code Directory
    Codeset Source:Canada Post

    Status
    The station status in 2000. (Source: Federal Railroad Administration)

    ValueDefinition
    ACTIVEThe station is open.
    BUSThe station is served by a thruway bus, not by a train.
    BUS/SEASONThe station is served by a thruway bus in certain seasons only.
    CONNECTINGThe service offered by the station consists of a VIA Rail Canada Service operated train connecting with an Amtrak train.
    FERRY/BUSService at the station is provided by a combination of ferry and bus.
    SEASONALService at the station is available on a seasonal basis.

    Rr1
    The primary or only operator of service at the station, indicated by the Association of American Railroads' Rule 260 reporting/identification mark for the railroad line providing operations for Amtrak at that station. The reporting/identification mark may be two, three, or four characters long. (Source: Federal Railroad Administration)

    ValueDefinition
    BUSService is provided by a thruway bus.

    Formal codeset
    Codeset Name:Rule 260 reporting/identification marks
    Codeset Source:Association of American Railroads

    Rr2
    The first additional provider of service at the station, indicated by the Association of American Railroads' Rule 260 reporting/identification mark for the railroad line providing operations for Amtrak at that station. The reporting/identification mark may be two, three, or four characters long. (Source: Federal Railroad Administration)

    ValueDefinition
    <Blank>There is no additional provider at the station.

    Formal codeset
    Codeset Name:Rule 260 reporting/identification marks
    Codeset Source:Association of American Railroads

    Rr3
    Second additional provider of Amtrak service at that station, indicated by the Association of American Railroads' Rule 260 reporting/ identification mark for the railroad line providing operations for Amtrak at that station. The reporting/identification mark may be two, three, or four characters long. (Source: Federal Railroad Administration)

    ValueDefinition
    <Blank>There is no additional provider at the station.

    Formal codeset
    Codeset Name:Rule 260 reporting/identification marks
    Codeset Source:Association of American Railroads

    Rr4
    Third additional provider of Amtrak service at that station, indicated by the Association of American Railroads' Rule 260 reporting/ identification mark for the railroad line providing operations for Amtrak at that station. The reporting/identification mark may be two, three, or four characters long. (Source: Federal Railroad Administration)

    ValueDefinition
    <Blank>There is no additional provider at the station.

    Formal codeset
    Codeset Name:Rule 260 reporting/identification marks
    Codeset Source:Association of American Railroads

    Rr5
    Fourth additional provider of Amtrak service at that station, indicated by the Association of American Railroads' Rule 260 reporting/ identification mark for the railroad line providing operations for Amtrak at that station. The reporting/identification mark may be two, three, or four characters long. (Source: Federal Railroad Administration)

    ValueDefinition
    <Blank>There is no additional provider at the station.

    Formal codeset
    Codeset Name:Rule 260 reporting/identification marks
    Codeset Source:Association of American Railroads

    Rr6
    Fifth additional provider of Amtrak service at that station, indicated by the Association of American Railroads' Rule 260 reporting/ identification mark for the railroad line providing operations for Amtrak at that station. The reporting/identification mark may be two, three, or four characters long. (Source: Federal Railroad Administration)

    ValueDefinition
    <Blank>There is no additional provider at the station.

    Formal codeset
    Codeset Name:Rule 260 reporting/identification marks
    Codeset Source:Association of American Railroads

    Ticket_off
    Whether there is a ticket office in the station. (Source: National Atlas of the United States)

    ValueDefinition
    <Blank>Unknown
    NNo
    YYes

    Checked_ba
    Whether the station handles checked baggage. (Source: National Atlas of the United States)

    ValueDefinition
    <Blank>Unknown
    NNo
    YYes

    Bag_help
    Whether assistance with luggage is available at the station. (Source: National Atlas of the United States)

    ValueDefinition
    <Blank>Unknown
    NNo
    YYes

    Hp_access
    The wheelchair-accessibility of the station. (Source: National Atlas of the United States)

    ValueDefinition
    <Blank>Unknown
    FFull. All station facilities are wheelchair accessible.
    NNot wheelchair accessible
    PPartial. A wheelchair-accessible path exists between the street and the train platform.

    Enclosed_w
    Whether the station has an enclosed waiting area. (Source: National Atlas of the United States)

    ValueDefinition
    <Blank>Unknown
    NNo
    YYes

    Restrooms
    Whether there are public restrooms in the station. (Source: National Atlas of the United States)

    ValueDefinition
    NNo
    YYes

    Pay_phones
    Whether there are public telephones in the station. (Source: National Atlas of the United States)

    ValueDefinition
    NNo
    YYes

    Food
    The kind of food service facilities in the station. (Source: National Atlas of the United States)

    ValueDefinition
    <Blank>Unknown
    NNo food service facilities.
    RFull service.
    RSFull service and snack bar.
    RSVFull service, snack bar, and vending machines.
    RVFull service and vending machines.
    SSnack bar.
    SVSnack bar and vending machines.
    VFood vending machines.

    Atm
    Whether there is an automated teller machine in the station. (Source: National Atlas of the United States)

    ValueDefinition
    NNo
    YYes

    Short_park
    The type of short-term parking available at the station. (Source: National Atlas of the United States)

    ValueDefinition
    <Blank>Unknown
    $Paid parking.
    FFree parking.
    NNo parking.

    Long_park
    The type of long-term parking available at the station. (Source: National Atlas of the United States)

    ValueDefinition
    <Blank>Unknown
    $Paid parking.
    FFree parking.
    NNo parking.

    Car_rental
    Whether car rental is available at the station. (Source: National Atlas of the United States)

    ValueDefinition
    <Blank>Unknown
    NCar rental is not available.
    OCCall for service.
    YA car rental agency is available at the station.

    Taxi
    Whether taxi service available at the station. (Source: National Atlas of the United States)

    ValueDefinition
    <Blank>Unknown
    NNo taxi service is available.
    OCCall for service
    YThere is a taxi stand at the station.

    Inter_bus
    Whether intercity bus service is available within two blocks of the station. (Source: National Atlas of the United States)

    ValueDefinition
    <Blank>Unknown
    NNo
    YYes

    Transit
    Whether there is a public transit connection at the station. (Source: National Atlas of the United States)

    ValueDefinition
    <Blank>Unknown
    NNo
    YYes

    Customs
    Whether there is a customs checkpoint at the station. (Source: National Atlas of the United States)

    ValueDefinition
    <Blank>Unknown
    NNo
    YYes

    Amtkexp
    Whether Amtrak Package Express service is available at the station. (Source: National Atlas of the United States)

    ValueDefinition
    <Blank>Unknown
    NNo
    YYes

    Great_vac
    Whether Amtrak Great Vacations package(s) are available at the station. (Source: Amtrak)

    ValueDefinition
    <Blank>Unknown
    NNo
    YYes

    Self_tix
    Whether a Quik-Trak ticket machine is available at the station for credit/debit ticket sales. (Source: National Atlas of the United States)

    ValueDefinition
    <Blank>Unknown
    NNo
    YYes

    Splc
    The six-digit Standard Point Location Code of the station/city. The first two digits of the code identify the province, State, or part of a State in which the station is located. The first four digits identify the county or part of a county in which the station is located (the province or State identifier followed by a county identifier for that area.) The final two digits identify a specific place within the province or State and the county. (Source: National Atlas of the United States)

    ValueDefinition
    000000A place holder used for stations where no Standard Point Location Code has been determined.

    Range of values
    Minimum:026600
    Maximum:889547

    NODE
    In the Federal Railroad Administration's 1:2,000,000-scale rail network, the identification number of the node for the station/city. (Source: National Atlas of the United States)

    ValueDefinition
    0.000The station or city does not correspond to a node in the FRA 1:2,000,000-scale rail network.

    Range of values
    Minimum:43.000
    Maximum:99997.000

    Pa
    An indication of the positional accuracy of the station location. (Source: National Atlas of the United States)

    ValueDefinition
    100KThe longitude and latitude were either taken from the previous version of the BTS database or were located manually at the correct street address, using the TIGER/line (TM) 95 street and the FRA 1:100,000-scale rail networks.
    2MILThe location of the station was outside the area covered by the TIGER/line(TM) 95 street and the FRA 1:100,000-scale rail networks. The station longitude and latitude were determined using the Federal Railroad Administration 1:2,000,000-scale networks.
    E100The longitude and latitude were determined manually using the TIGER/line(TM) 95 street and the FRA 1:100,000-scale rail networks, but because the station did not have a specific street address, the location is an estimated or educated guess.

    Version
    The version of the data in the National Transportation Atlas Database. (Source: National Atlas of the United States)

    ValueDefinition
    5The data are Version 5 of the Amtrak Station data from the National Transportation Atlas Databases (NTAD).

    Revison
    A 2-digit number that will be incremented individually for each record whenever a change is made to one of its fields. (Source: Research and Innovative Technology Administration's Bureau of Transportation Statistics)

    ValueDefinition
    00No changes have been made to the fields.


Who produced the data set?

  1. Who are the originators of the data set? (may include formal authors, digital compilers, and editors)

    • National Atlas of the United States

  2. Who also contributed to the data set?

  3. To whom should users address questions about the data?

    Gita Urban-Mathieux
    National Atlas of the United States
    12201 Sunrise Valley Drive
    Reston, VA 20192

    703-648-5175 (voice)
    atlasmail@usgs.gov


Why was the data set created?

These data are intended for geographic display and analysis at the national level, and for large regional areas. The data should be displayed and analyzed at scales appropriate for 1:2,000,000-scale data. No responsibility is assumed by the National Atlas of the United States in the use of these data.


How was the data set created?

  1. From what previous works were the data drawn?

    Amtrak (source 1 of 1)
    Research and Innovative Technology Administration's Bureau of Transportation Statistics (RITA/BTS), 2005, Amtrak Stations - National Transportation Atlas Database (NTAD) 2005: Research and Innovative Technology Administration's Bureau of Transportation Statistics (RITA/BTS), Washington, DC.

    Online Links:

    Type_of_Source_Media: CD-ROM
    Source_Contribution: Spatial and attribute information

  2. How were the data generated, processed, and modified?

    Date: Aug-2005 (process 1 of 1)
    The Amtrak Stations point shapefile was downloaded from the National Transportation Atlas Database CD-ROM. The shapefile was projected to geographic coordinates. Stations with a status of closed, future, or future/bus were deleted. Minor edits were performed.

    Data sources used in this process:

    • Amtrak

  3. What similar or related data should the user be aware of?


How reliable are the data; what problems remain in the data set?

  1. How well have the observations been checked?

    Attribute data were extracted from the station listings in the Spring/Summer 2000 Amtrak National and Summer/Fall 2000 Amtrak Northeast Timetables, and reflect station characteristics as of July 9, 2000. Additional data, as required, were obtained from earlier year timetables.

  2. How accurate are the geographic locations?

  3. How accurate are the heights or depths?

  4. Where are the gaps in the data? What is missing?

    The database includes all Amtrak railroad and thruway bus stations listed in the Amtrak timetables mentioned above. Regional commuter railroad stations that are not also served by Amtrak are not included in this version; those stations are currently included in the Fixed-Guideway Transit Network database. The database does not include information on passenger boardings; those data are considered to be proprietary by Amtrak.

  5. How consistent are the relationships among the observations, including topology?

    No checks for topological consistency were performed on this map layer.


How can someone get a copy of the data set?

Are there legal restrictions on access or use of the data?

Access_Constraints: None
Use_Constraints:
None. Acknowledgment of the Research and Innovative Technology Administration's Bureau of Transportation Statistics (RITA/BTS) National Transportation Atlas Databases (NTAD) 2005 and (or) the National Atlas of the United States of America would be appreciated in products derived from these data.

  1. Who distributes the data set? (Distributor 1 of 1)

    Earth Science Information Center, U.S. Geological Survey
    507 National Center
    Reston, VA 20192

    1-888-ASK-USGS (1-888-275-8747) (voice)

    Contact_Instructions:
    In addition to the address above there are other ESIC offices throughout the country. A full list of these offices is at <http://geography.usgs.gov/esic/esic_index.html>.
  2. What's the catalog number I need to order this data set?

  3. What legal disclaimers am I supposed to read?

    Although these data have been processed successfully on a computer system at the U.S. Geological Survey, no warranty expressed or implied is made by the U.S. Geological Survey regarding the utility of the data on any other system, nor shall the act of distribution constitute any such warranty. No responsibility is assumed by the U.S. Geological Survey in the use of these data.

  4. How can I download or order the data?


Who wrote the metadata?

Dates:
Last modified: 08-Sep-2005
Metadata author:
Peg Rawson
National Atlas of the United States
12201 Sunrise Valley Drive
Reston, VA 20192

703-648-4183 (voice)
atlasmail@usgs.gov

Metadata standard:
FGDC Content Standards for Digital Geospatial Metadata (FGDC-STD-001-1998)



 


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