Amtrak Ridership Reaches Record High

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Amtrak carried nearly 30.2 million passengers in Fiscal Year 2011 ending Sept. 30, marking the highest ridership total since the National Railroad Passenger Corporation started operations in 1971 and the eighth ridership record during the last nine years.

Ridership versus the prior year is up by more than five percent – and ticket revenue is up by more than eight percent — despite significant weather related disruptions in the Northeast, Central and Western U.S.

“We thank all our passengers for choosing Amtrak and our state partners for working with us to develop the kind of service that attracts ever increasing numbers of riders,” said Amtrak President & CEO Joseph H. Boardman. “Amtrak is fulfilling its national mission and is part of the solution to meet America’s growing transportation and energy needs.”

“These record ridership numbers show that Amtrak is working and becoming an increasingly popular travel option,” said Sen. Frank Lautenberg D-NJ). “From the Northeast Corridor to short and long distance lines all over the country, Amtrak continues to prove its value in our country. I will continue fighting to fund Amtrak so that it can serve even more travelers, reduce the number of cars on our roads and strengthen our economy.”

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