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Yes, freight and commuter rail is coming back in certain places — more of the former than the latter so far.
However, back when a lot of railroads were originally built, they had excess routes that didn't always work out in the long run. They ended up being shutdown because of this.
Most likely, they will double-track the rail routes as they get more rail traffic. Putting in rail trails is a good way to reuse the former rail corridors for alternative transportation uses.