Amtrak Revenue Passenger-Miles and Load Factor

Amtrak Revenue Passenger-Miles and Load Factor

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Revenue Passenger-Miles (monthly data, not seasonally adjusted)

Amtrak Revenue Passenger-Miles. If you are a user with disability and cannot view this image, use the table version. If you need further assistance, call 800-853-1351.

Load Factor (monthly data, not seasonally adjusted)

Amtrak Revenue Load Factor. If you are a user with disability and cannot view this image, use the table version. If you need further assistance, call 800-853-1351.

The National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) officially began service in May 1971. Amtrak serves more than 500 stations in 46 states and operates over a network of more than 21,000 route miles. Ridership is highly seasonal, with July and August being the highest volume months. In 2000, Amtrak introduced high-speed rail service in the northeast U.S., which helped increase ridership.

Load factor measures usage by capacity. It is calculated by dividing passenger-miles (the aggregation of trip lengths for individual passengers) by seat-miles (the sum of the products of total seats available and total miles traveled for individual trains). Data is available beginning in January 2003.

Amtrak Revenue Passenger-Miles and Load Factor Mar-10 Mar-11
Amtrak revenue passenger-miles (millions) 538.4 565.9
Percent change from same month previous year 18.1 5.1
Passenger load factor (percent) 51.9 52.8
Difference from same month previous year* 6.0 0.9

* Current month minus same month previous year. This is generally used in the case of bound numbers, such as proportions that cannot exceed 100%.

NOTE: The current value is compared to the value from the same period in the previous year to account for seasonality.

SOURCES: Revenue Passenger-Miles U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration, Office of Safety Analysis, Operational Data Tables, Table 1.02, available at http://safetydata.fra.dot.gov/OfficeofSafety/ as of June 2011. Load Factor National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak), Monthly Performance Reports, available at http://www.amtrak.com/ as of June 2011.