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AMTRAK SETS RIDERSHIP RECORD

For Fiscal Year Ending Sept. 30, 2013

From an Amtrak press release:

Photo courtesy Amtrak
Photo courtesy Amtrak

Amtrak carried a record 31.6 million passengers in Fiscal Year 2013, delivering nationwide benefits, providing vital transportation services, advancing America’s economy and demonstrating the value and convenience of the national passenger rail network. It is the tenth ridership record in 11 years.

“Amtrak moves people, the economy and the nation forward everywhere the trains go,” said President and CEO Joe Boardman.

“In towns all across America, Amtrak brings economic opportunities for people, businesses and communities to grow and prosper,” stated Tony Coscia, chairman of the Amtrak board of directors.

During FY 2013, Amtrak’s state-supported corridor services grew to a new record of 15.4 million passengers. In addition, all long distance routes combined had the best ridership in 20 years with 4.8 million passengers. Ridership for all Northeast Corridor services reached 11.4 million passengers, the second best year ever. As evidence of a strong ridership rebound following Super Storm Sandy, the Northeast Regional service set a new record.

Also, FY 2013 produced eight individual monthly ridership records, the single best month in Amtrak history and new records on 20 routes. In addition, ticket revenue increased to a record $2.1 billion.

State-supported services are vital links in the Amtrak national network. The power of increasing demand for passenger rail is recognized through state investments to improve service, speed and safety. In addition, states and communities realize stations served by Amtrak are anchors for economic development, catalysts for historic preservation and tourism growth, sites for commercial and cultural uses, and points of civic pride.

Amtrak itself is an economic engine that returns nearly three dollars to local communities

for every one dollar of federal investment (FY 2010-FY 2012). This support has allowed

Amtrak to place more than $12.6 billion back into the economy through the purchasing of goods and services and employee salaries to maintain, operate and improve its national network.

“This year’s record ridership was achieved station by station in the more than 500 communities across America that Amtrak serves,” said Boardman. Attached is a listing of the top five stations per state by ons/offs.

Source: http://www.amtrak.com/ccurl/730/658/FY13-Record-Ridership-ATK-13-122.pdf

Amtrak is setting even more ridership records

Amtraks's Wolverine train passes through Ypsilanti on a dreary April day. The train connects Chicago and Detroit and it saw an increase in ridership of 9 percent in the first six months of the current fiscal year. Photo by Steve Sobel.
Amtraks’s Eastbound train 350, the Wolverine, splits the signals at CP Ypsilanti on a dreary April day. The train connects Chicago and Detroit and it saw an increase in ridership of 9 percent in the first six months of the current fiscal year. Photo by Steve Sobel.

Amtrak ridership increased in the first half of FY 2013 (Oct. 2012 – March 2013) and March set a record as the single best month ever in the history of the railroad. In addition, October, December, and January each set individual monthly records.

Rebounding strongly from service disruptions caused by Superstorm Sandy and other severe weather, Amtrak ridership grew 0.9 percent in the first six months of FY 2013 as compared to the same period the prior year. In all, 26 of 45 routes posted ridership increases and Amtrak expects to end the fiscal year at or above last year’s record of 31.2 million passengers.

“The continued ridership growth on routes across the country reinforces the need for dedicated, multi-year federal operating and capital funding to support existing intercity passenger rail services and the development of new ones,” said Amtrak President and CEO Joe Boardman.

Northeast Corridor ridership took a significant hit from Superstorm Sandy, is seeing a solid recovery and is predicted to show gains for the full fiscal year despite being down 1.2 percent for this six-month period. Ridership on state-supported and other short distance routes is up 2.7 percent and long-distance ridership grew 0.5 percent.

Routes with notable ridership growth in the first six months of FY 2013 include: Palmetto (+10.5 percent), Coast Starlight (+10 percent), Illini/Saluki (+9.8 percent), San Joaquin (+8.9 percent), Piedmont (+8.6 percent), Wolverine (+8.2 percent), Vermonter (+6.7 percent), Carolinian (+6.3 percent), Keystone Service (+5.2 percent), Springfield Shuttles (+5.2 percent), Downeaster (+4.8 percent), Pacific Surfliner (+4.3 percent), and Pennsylvanian (+4.3 percent).

All three Amtrak routes show ridership growth in Michigan

MDOT Press Release:

FAST FACTS:
– Amtrak trains in Michigan have set new ridership records for FY 2011.
– Despite track work and freight slowdowns, the Wolverine service continues to grow.
– Blue Water service has impressive passenger growth.

October 13, 2011 — Amtrak trains in Michigan have set new ridership records for the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30 and collected $27.7 million in ticket revenue. Although track work and freight slowdowns between Detroit and Chicago strongly impacted the Wolverine service and contributed to slower growth than anticipated, all three Amtrak services experienced increases in ridership and revenue.

In figures for the 2010-2011 fiscal year, 503,290 passengers rode Amtrak Wolverine service trains on the Pontiac/Detroit-Chicago corridor, an increase of 4.9 percent from the same period a year ago. Ticket revenue was up by 11 percent to $18,769,770.

The Blue Water service on the Port Huron/East Lansing-Chicago route saw an impressive 18.6 percent increase with 187,065 passengers using the Amtrak service in FY2011. Ticket revenue was up by 22.3 percent to $5,797,878.

Ridership on the Pere Marquette service on the Grand Rapids-Chicago route experienced a gain of 4.7 percent with 106,662 passengers riding Amtrak, while ticket revenue rose 9.8 percent to $3,197,106.

“This past year marks the highest ridership totals ever on Amtrak services in Michigan,” said State Transportation Director Kirk T. Steudle. “All three lines, especially the Blue Water, have made great gains, despite the slowdowns on the Pontiac/Detroit-Chicago corridor. We’ve taken steps to repair the track between Kalamazoo and Ypsilanti, so that will help bring speeds back to what customers expect.”

Amtrak operates the Blue Water and Pere Marquette services under a contract with the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT). At this time, Amtrak does not receive any direct state support for the Wolverine service. Michigan is one of 15 states that provide state-supported service.

For a Station Activity Summary Report that shows individual station statistics for FY 2010 and 2011, go to the MDOT Web site for details.

Amtrak sets record of 30 million passengers in past 12 months, the most since railroad created

From The Washington Post:

Amtrak trains carried more than 30 million passengers in the past 12 months, the most in one year since the passenger railroad was created four decades ago, railroad officials said Thursday.

Ridership during the budget year ending on Sept. 30 was 30.2 million passengers, up 5 percent over the previous year. Ticket revenue was up by more than 8 percent despite significant weather-related disruptions in much of the country.

Amtrak has set ridership records eight out of the last nine years. A decade ago, it carried 21 million passengers a year.

“Amtrak is fulfilling its national mission and is part of the solution to meet America’s growing transportation and energy needs,” Joseph Boardman, Amtrak’s president and chief executive officer, said in a statement.

Despite its success in attracting riders, Amtrak’s critics in Congress are squeezing the railroad’s federal subsidies and trying to take away its most valuable routes in the rail corridor that links Washington, Philadelphia, New York and Boston.

The House Appropriations Committee’s transportation subcommittee last month approved a budget that sharply reduces Amtrak subsidies. In June, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman John Mica, R-Fla., proposed soliciting bids from other railroads for the right to service the 456-mile Northeast Corridor, which is the heart of Amtrak’s operations. He said it was taking the railroad too long to achieve consistently high-speed service equivalent to trains in Europe and Asia.

Amtrak has proposed its own plan to upgrade its Northeast Corridor track and trains and to eliminate bottlenecks so that trains can travel up to 220 mph. Trip time between Washington and New York would be reduced to 96 minutes and between New York and Boston to 93 minutes. But the plan would be phased in over 30 years and cost $117 billion to implement. The railroad is seeking private investment to pay for some of the cost.

“Americans are returning to the rails in record numbers, yet Republicans are pulling out all of the stops in their rush to auction off Amtrak’s assets to the highest bidder on Wall Street,” Rep. Nick Rahall of West Virginia, top Democrat on the transportation committee, said. “It makes no sense to tear apart a railroad and its workforce while they are succeeding at their jobs.”

Amtrak was created by Congress in 1971 after passenger railroads failed in the face of competition from airlines and interstate highway travel. With the U.S. population expected to exceed 400 million people by 2050, nightmarish congestion is forecast for the nation’s already crowded highways and airports.

Source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/amtrak-sets-record-of-30-million-passengers-in-past-12-months-the-most-since-railroad-created/2011/10/13/gIQAHHIAiL_story.html