Amtrak officially began service in May 1971. Amtrak offers services in 46 states on a 22,000 mile route system. Ridership data are highly seasonal, with July and August being very high seasonal months. In 2000, Amtrak introduced a high-speed rail service in the northeast U.S., which helped increase ridership.
|Ridership percent change from same month previous year||3.54||-2.42|
NOTE: 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, Personal Communication.