Amtrak Announces Record Ridership Levels

An Amtrak train at Trenton Transit Center (Photo credit: Michael E. Pearson via Wikimedia Commons)

An Amtrak train at Trenton Transit Center (Photo credit: Michael E. Pearson via Wikimedia Commons)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Amtrak announced record ridership on the Northeast Corridor during fiscal year 2012, increasing 4.8 percent to 11.4 million passengers. Overall, Amtrak carried more that 31.2 million passengers, the highest annual total since the rail service began operations in 1971. Amtrak’s overall ticket revenue rose 6.8 percent to $2.02 billion.

“People are riding Amtrak trains in record numbers across the country because there is an undeniable demand to travel by rail,” said President and CEO Joe Boardman. “Ridership will continue to grow because of key investments made by Amtrak and our federal and state partners to improve on-time performance, reliability, capacity and train speeds.”

The Northeast Corridor between Washington and Boston, which runs through New Jersey from Trenton and continues up into New York City, saw a 6.6 percent increase in ridership on the Northeast Regional service. The high-speed Acela Express is up 0.5 percent to its second-best year ever to nearly 3.4 million passengers.

“The record number of travelers choosing Amtrak is a testament to the reliability and convenience of our national rail system,” said U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), who is Chairman of the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Surface Transportation.

Amtrak’s system-wide on-time performance improved to 83 percent, its highest level in 12 years.

“With more than a third of all Amtrak passengers riding the Northeast Corridor, it is clear that investing in this line will benefit the region’s residents and economy,” Lautenberg said. “The continued rise in ridership underscores the urgency of getting the Gateway Tunnel built and increasing capacity for rail passengers. Amtrak continues to prove its value, and we will continue fighting to strengthen Amtrak so that it has the resources to serve even more Americans.”


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