Use of Passenger Rail: Revenue Passenger Miles

Use of Passenger Rail: Revenue Passenger Miles

(monthly data, not seasonally adjusted)

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Amtrak officially began service in May 1971. Amtrak offers services in 46 states on a network of over 22,000 track miles. Ridership data are 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 Revenue Passenger Miles Feb-07 Feb-08
Amtrak revenue passenger miles (thousands) 360,211 395,821
Percent change from same month previous year 3.71 9.89

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.