Amtrak Posts Record Ridership Gains

Once again Amtrak has set new ridership records in fiscal year 2012. Compared to FY 2011, passengers carried on the Northeast Corridor between Boston and Washington are up 4.8 per cent overall, with Regionals carrying 6.6 more passengers and the Acela just 0.5 per cent more. The New York-Harrisburg, Penn., Keystone Service is up 5.8 per cent; double-digit gains have been experienced by the New York-Rutland, Vt., Ethan Allen Express (10 per cent); the Chicago-St. Louis corridor is up 11 per cent; Washington, D.C.-Lynchburg, Va., is up 14.1 per cent; Washington-Newport News, Va., is up 11.9 per cent; and the state-supported Charlotte-Raleigh, N.C. Piedmont had the biggest gain of all at 16.2 per cent. In California, the Bakersfield-Oakland San Joaquin service is up 7.2 per cent and the Capitol Corridor service between San Jose and Sacramento is up 2.2 per cent.

All 15 Amtrak long-distance routes experienced their best combined ridership numbers in 19 years. The New York-Chicago Lake Shore Limited is up 4.3 per cent; the Chicago-San Antonio Texas Eagle is up 12.8 per cent; and the City of New Orleans between Chicago and New Orleans) is up 8.5 per cent. Routes with significant percentage growth in ridership include: In addition, the Empire Builder between Chicago and Seattle/Portland is up 15.8 per cent; the Coast Starlight between Los Angeles and Seattle is up 6.5 per cent; and the Cardinal between New York and Chicago via Washington, D.C. is up 4.9 per cent.

Source : Railroad Magazine

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