Use of Passenger Rail: Revenue Passenger Miles

Use of Passenger Rail: Revenue Passenger Miles

Monthly data, not seasonally adjusted

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The National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) officially began service in May 1971. Amtrak oserves 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 Revenue Passenger Miles Nov-07 Nov-08
Amtrak revenue passenger miles (millions) 503.0 484.4
Percent change from same month previous year 11.42 -3.69

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 February 2009.