Amtrak Reports Another Record Year

The subject of recent politically charged threats, the rail carrier surpassed its record for annual passengers for the ninth time in ten years. Ridership has grown a total of 49 percent since 2000.

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October 10, 2012, 2:00 PM PDT

By Jonathan Nettler @nettsj


Under attack from Republican foes in Washington, and on the campaign trail, who want to end its federal subsidization, Amtrak jest keeps chugging along on its way to record ridership, reports Alex Goldmark. By ferrying 31.2 million passengers to their destinations in the U.S. during the 2012 fiscal year, Amtrak grew its ridership by 3.5 percent over the previous year to the highest level since it began operations in 1971. 

"The newly released numbers show the Northeast Corridor is still the
anchor route for Amtrak with more than a third of all riders (11.4
million) traveling between Boston and Washington, D.C.," says Goldmark. "Amtrak won't
release new state-by-state and line-by-line numbers until next week, but
the 361 miles of track along the Northeast Corridor are likely to
continue to bring in more than half of all ticket revenue for Amtrak, as
it did last year according to the 2011 annual report."

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