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Amtrak Ridership


Monthly data, not seasonally adjusted

Thousand passengers

Amtrak Ridership

The National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) officially began service in May 1971. Amtrak serves more than 500 stations in 46 states and operates over a network of more than 21,000 route miles. Ridership is highly seasonal, with July and August being the highest volume months. In 2000, Amtrak introduced high-speed rail service in the northeast U.S., which helped increase ridership.

Amtrak Ridership May-12 May-13
Amtrak Ridership 2,735,455 2,803,527
Percent change from same month previous year + 1.6% + 2.5%

NOTE: The current value is compared to the value from the same period in the previous year to account for seasonality.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration, Office of Safety Analysis, Operational Data Tables, Table 1.02, available at as of August 2013.