Amtrak is having a good year so far.
March set a record as the single best month ever in Amtrak’s history. October, December and January set individual monthly records, the railroad said Tuesday.
Overall ridership grew about 1 percent in the first half of 2013, despite Superstorm Sandy and other severe weather events.
Rebounding strongly from such service disruptions, Amtrak ridership grew nearly 1 percent in the first six months of 2013-2014, compared to the same period the prior year. In all, 26 of its 45 routes posted ridership increases. Amtrak expects to end the fiscal year at or above last year’s record of 31.2 million passengers.
“The continued ridership growth on routes across the country reinforces the need for dedicated, multi-year federal operating and capital funding to support existing intercity passenger rail services and the development of new ones,” said Amtrak President and CEO Joe Boardman.
Routes with ridership growth in the October-to-March period included the New York City to Georgia route, the Palmetto, up 10.5 percent, and the Coast Starlight, which operates between Los Angeles and Seattle, up 10 percent.
A recent Brookings Institution report said more passengers are shifting from air travel to Amtrak for shorter trips.
What’s your experience with Amtrak? Have you ridden any of its routes lately?