Red taillights on nearby Interstate 95 become streaks as Tri-Rail train P639 zips by a traffic jam, unimpeded in evening rush hour.
The train passes intersections, and rows of car headlights are stacked up at the crossings, lighting the train like footlights for a stage as it passes.
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25 years of Tri-Rail: By the numbers
1989: The year Tri-Rail started as a temporary five-year service while I-95 was under construction.
70 million — Riders on Tri-Rail since Jan. 9, 1989.
4.3 million — Riders on Tri-Rail last year.
19,781 — Most passengers on a single day, for 2011’s “Dump the Pump” Day.
1 — Number of Tri-Rail cars with wi-fi, car number 517. It is a test program Tri-Rail hopes to expand to all trains.
$100 — Amount of a monthly pass. Students, seniors and those who work at companies with special Tri-Rail deals pay $50 a month.
117 — minutes it take to ride Tri-Rail end to end.