Amtrak Ridership

Amtrak Ridership

Number of Passengers

(monthly data, not seasonally adjusted)

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Amtrak officially began service in May 1971. Amtrak serves more than 500 stations in 46 states and operates over a network of more than 22,000 track miles. Ridership is highly seasonal, with July and August being very high season months. In 2000, Amtrak introduced a high-speed rail service in the northeast U.S., which helped increase ridership.

Amtrak Ridership Feb-07 Feb-08
Amtrak Ridership 1,778,662 2,029,448
Percent change from same month previous year 5.27 14.10

NOTES: 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, available at as of May 2008.