Rail Capacity Utilization: Rail Passenger Load Factor

Rail Capacity Utilization: Rail Passenger Load Factor

Monthly data, not seasonally adjusted

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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.