Monthly data, not seasonally adjusted
Load factor measures potential to actual performance. More specifically, the load factor is calculated by dividing passenger miles, which is total number of passengers times the total miles that a train travels, by seat miles, which is the total number of seats available times total miles a train travels.
|Rail Passenger Load Factor||Aug-07||Aug-08|
|Passenger load factor (percent)||55.7||51.9|
|Percent change from same month previous year||2.58||-6.82|
NOTES: the current value is compared to the value from the same period in the previous year to account for seasonality.
SOURCE: National Railroad Passenger Corporation Amtrak, Monthly Performance Reports, available at http://www.amtrak.com/ as of November 2008.