I have a few freight train stations in my city's industrial centers. They link to each other, and to other regions. However, despite being much closer, the stations are always ignored in favor of road links. Only industries right next to the tracks actually use them.
The same thing happens with passenger stations. Instead of using trains to get around, people always just drive or take the bus, no matter how congested the roads are.
Stations are always accompanied by bus stops and parking garages. I also have the Commuter Shuttle Service city ordinance.
I have tried removing the road links, but rail use is still lower than expected - only 4% capacity for my most popular station.
Obviously, I'm doing something wrong. How do I build an efficient, effective and worthwhile rail network?