Vol. no: 32
The closure of railroads, or the cessation of passenger trains on a particular route, has negative consequences. “Closures of lines in passenger traffic usually cause severe consequences for local communities. Particularly painful are the consequences of the cessation of passenger rail service for small towns and villages without other modes of transportation.” [Taylor 2007, p. 165]. “Often, the closure of a local rail service means that residents are denied access to current and potential employment, education, medical care, shopping, entertainment and many other destinations.” [Taylor 2007, p. 10].