SURGING AMTRAK RIDERSHIP SETS 11 CONSECUTIVE MONTHLY RECORDS
Best September ever also expected!

WASHINGTON -Amtrak ridership is surging this year with 11 consecutive monthly  ridership records.  In each month of the current fiscal year, Amtrak has posted  the highest ridership total ever for that particular month (i.e., the best  October ever, the best November ever, etc.) with the final month of September  also expected to be a new record.  In addition, July was the single best  ridership month in the history of Amtrak.

“All across America the demand to travel by Amtrak is strong, growing and  undeniable,” said President and CEO Joe Boardman.  “Amtrak continues to deliver  on its mission to fulfill a vital national transportation need and does so with  improved management and financial health.”

Through 11 months of FY 2012 (October 2011 – August 2012), total Amtrak  ridership is up 3.4 percent as compared to the same period last year.  When the  current fiscal year ends on September 30, Amtrak expects a new annual ridership  record will be set, surpassing the current record of 30.2 million passengers  established in FY 2011.

From FY 2002 to FY 2011, Amtrak ridership increased 44 percent and set new  annual records in 8 of those 9 years.  This long-term growth is occurring across  the Amtrak national network and on all Amtrak business lines, including the  Northeast Corridor, state-supported and other short-distance routes, and  long-distance services.

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