Amtrak officially began service in May 1971. Amtrak serves more than 500 stations in 46 states and operates over more than 22,000 route miles. Ridership data is highly seasonal, with July and August being very high seasonal months. In 2000, Amtrak introduced a high-speed rail service in the northeast, which helped increase ridership.
|Percent change from same month previous year||0.09||0.81|
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration, Office of Safety Analysis, available at http://safetydata.fra.dot.gov/, as of October 2005.