Amtrak Sets Ridership Record in 2013
Amtrak today announced that fiscal year 2013, which ended on September 30, saw record ridership for the railroad:
Amtrak carried a record 31.6 million passengers in fiscal-year 2013, which marked the railroad’s 10th ridership record in the past 11 fiscal years.
During FY2013, which ended Sept. 30, Amtrak’s state-supported corridor services logged a new record of 15.4 million riders. In addition, the national intercity passenger railroad’s long distance routes combined for the best ridership in 20 years at 4.8 million passengers, Amtrak officials announced today.
Amtrak California routes saw ridership growth from 2012, except for Capitol Corridor (not sure what the story is there):
Pacific Surfliner: Up 2.5%
Capitol Corridor: Down 2.6%
San Joaquin: Up 6.6%
These three routes represent the #2, #3, and #5 busiest routes in the Amtrak system. Californians keep on proving that they will ride passenger trains if given the option.