Last updated: 01:50 AM ET, Mon October 29 2012

Amtrak Logs 11th Consecutive Month of Record Ridership

Car Rental & Rail | Amtrak | James Ruggia | September 10, 2012

Amtrak ridership is surging this year with 11 consecutive monthly ridership records. In each month of the current fiscal year, Amtrak has posted the highest ridership total ever for that particular month, with the final month of September also expected to be a new record. In addition, July was the single best ridership month in the history of Amtrak.

Through 11 months (October 2011 to August 2012), total Amtrak ridership is up 3.4 percent as compared to the same period last year. When the current fiscal year ends on Sept. 30, Amtrak expects a new annual ridership record will be set, surpassing the current record of 30.2 million passengers established in FY 2011. From FY 2002 to FY 2011, Amtrak ridership increased 44 percent and set new annual records in eight of those nine years. This long-term growth is occurring across the Amtrak national network and on all Amtrak business lines, including the Northeast Corridor, state-supported and other short-distance routes, and long-distance services.

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