Load factor is the percentage of seating or freight capacity which is utilized.
|Rail Passenger Load Factor||Aug-04||Aug-05|
|Passenger load factor (percent)||51.2||53.1|
|Percent change from same month previous year||-2.48||3.71|
NOTE: The current value is compared to the value from the same month in the previous year to account for seasonality.
SOURCE: Amtrak, "Monthly Performance Reports", available at http://www.amtrak.com/, as of September 2005.