Amtrak Ridership at Record High Levels
October 11, 2012 4:38 pm at 4:38 pm #94161
Amtrak: We Broke Another Ridership Record, 49% Growth Since 2000
By Alex Goldmark | 10/10/2012 – 12:01 am
For the ninth time in ten years, Amtrak has broken a ridership record. The national rail network carried 31.2 million passengers in the twelve months before September 30, 2012. This news comes smack in the heat of an election season where nationally subsidized services like passenger rail and public television have become campaign issues.October 11, 2012 4:55 pm at 4:55 pm #516289
Perhaps that’s because if you take Amtrak they don’t crack you in the nuts if you refuse to be x-rayed…
They don’t mess with dying people’s feeding tubes and destroy their IV bags…
They don’t charge you to take luggage…
A tall guy can actually fit in the seats…
Oh, and all the seats are actually attached to something.
Go freakin’ figure.October 11, 2012 5:27 pm at 5:27 pm #516290
The days are numbered for commercial flights under 800 miles or so.March 25, 2013 2:53 pm at 2:53 pm #516291
Trainsforming America: Advocating for More Robust Rail
Posted March 21, 2013
Taken the train lately? If you live outside of the United States, probably: travel by rail, whether for daily commutes or longer trips, is cheap and convenient in most of the developed world. Here in the US, though, commuter rail is limited to urban metro areas, and while Amtrak goes a lot of places, you can’t count on it to get you to your destination on time (which I know from experience – still remember sprinting through Chicago to get to an event only a little late a number of years ago).
READ MORE: https://sustainablecitiescollective.com/jeffmcintirestrasbu/132381/trainsforming-america-documentary-advocates-more-robust-rail-usApril 14, 2013 1:15 pm at 1:15 pm #516292
Amtrak ridership hits record levels
Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY
4:03 p.m. EDT April 9, 2013
A record number of travelers opted to ride Amtrak in March, helping the rail service achieve higher ridership numbers in the first six months of fiscal 2013, the carrier said today.
From October 2012 to March 2013, ridership increased by 0.9% to 15.1 million riders compared with the same period the previous year.
April 28, 2013 5:37 pm at 5:37 pm #516293
Amtrak boss details Northeast Corridor ‘crisis’
By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
POSTED: April 20, 2013
Amtrak faces a “crisis of success,” unable to keep up with the growing demand for service on the Northeast Corridor, Amtrak president Joseph Boardman says.
“We’ve used up the legacy capacity of the existing railroad while further depleting its infrastructure assets, leading us to a major coming investment crisis that, without a solution, will mean strangled growth and deteriorating service,” Boardman told a Senate committee Wednesday.
May 14, 2013 4:08 pm at 4:08 pm #516294
First Amtrak Cities Sprinters unveiled
BY MARC JOHNSONIN EVENTS
13 MAY, 2013
The first Amtrak Cities Sprinter locomotives have left Siemens’ Sacramento site ahead of its welcome to the network later this year. Following a period of testing over the summer, the locomotive will begin operating on the Northeast Corridor (NEC) between Washington and New York and on the Keystone Corridor from Philadelphia to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
READ MORE: http://www.globalrailnews.com/2013/05/13/first-amtrak-cities-sprinters-unveiled/October 16, 2013 1:08 am at 1:08 am #516295
Tuesday, October 15, 2013 7 Comments
Smaller Cities Propel Amtrak Ridership to a New High
by Angie Schmitt
It’s been another year of ridership growth for Amtrak, despite the difficulties caused by Hurricane Sandy in the Northeast. In fiscal year 2013, the nation’s intercity rail service saw its 10th ridership increase in 11 years, carrying a record 31.6 million passengers [PDF].
The Northeast Corridor still accounts for a huge share of Amtrak’s total ridership, with 11.4 million trips, but the ridership on that segment was down slightly from the previous year. The major growth was in routes serving smaller cities.
READ MORE: http://dc.streetsblog.org/2013/10/15/smaller-cities-propel-amtrak-ridership-to-a-new-high/October 17, 2013 5:25 pm at 5:25 pm #516296
October 16, 2013, 11:08 am
Amtrak: Not a Money Pit, After All
By ELEANOR RANDOLPH
When Hurricane Sandy swept across railroad beds in the Northeast last year, Amtrak went quiet. Officials at the nation’s railroad scrambled to repair the damage that stretched the length of the huge storm. Amtrak in the region was out for a week. And disruptions continued along the popular Boston to Washington corridor for almost a month.
For all that, Amtrak had one of its best years ever. Amtrak officers boasted this week about carrying 31.6 million passengers this year, up from 31.2 million last year. And ridership increased even in the Northeast Corridor where Sandy did her worst. As a result, the railroad will ask for less federal help. That old story about how Amtrak is a transportation money pit has, once again, been proven false.
READ MORE: http://takingnote.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/10/16/amtrak-not-a-money-pit-after-all/?_r=1October 18, 2013 2:03 am at 2:03 am #516297
Even if it WAS costing money, its a good investment to keep it running. It would be an even better investment of public money to expand the system and make outlying routes faster.
I’m excited to see the new locomotives coming in. I had to cancel my amtrack trip recently but I’ll be riding again soon. It’s a great way to get to NY.October 29, 2013 1:41 am at 1:41 am #516298
Without federal aid, Amtrak could leave rural areas behind
Published: October 28, 2013 Updated 6 hours ago
By Curtis Tate — McClatchy Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON — They’re among the last holdovers from the golden age of American train travel, but the changing relationship between the federal government and the states could mean the end of the line for some of Amtrak’s long-distance routes.
States have shown they’re willing to pay for popular Amtrak corridors within their borders, but it’s less than certain that they could assume responsibility for more than a dozen cross-country trains that date to the creation of Amtrak by Congress in 1970.
Passenger trains have been stopping in Hutchinson, Kan., since the early 1870s. But the agricultural center of 42,000 is in danger of losing the one that still stops there every day.
READ MORE: http://www.bradenton.com/2013/10/28/4792219/without-federal-aid-amtrak-could.htmlFebruary 20, 2014 4:43 pm at 4:43 pm #516299
The Cheaper, Brighter Future of American Passenger Rail
JANUARY 3, 2014 AT 7:30 AM BY BRUCE NOURISH
A couple of months ago, Frank wrote a blurb about the Obama administration’s commitment to legalize European passenger train designs, which today are effectively prohibited by Federal Railroad Aministration regulations, by 2015. He chose an illustrating photograph which represents, I’m sure, exactly the kind of thing most Americans think when they hear “European train”, namely a picture of Spain’s AVE high-speed train between Barcelona and Madrid.
Now, there’s nothing wrong with that photograph, or that thought: Europe’s high-speed rail services (AVE, TGV, Eurostar, etc.) are indeed wonderful! The FRA modifying its rules to legalize European train designs in the US could make American high-speed services faster, much cheaper to build, and more environmentally friendly, because American trains will no longer have to be built to a completely unique crashworthiness standard, girded with battleship-like quantities of steel. That’s a wonderful and long-overdue advance in itself, but I’m going to argue that cheaper high-speed trains are not the most exciting technology this rule change could unlock.
READ MORE: http://seattletransitblog.com/2014/01/03/the-cheaper-brighter-future-of-american-passenger-rail/November 27, 2014 8:42 am at 8:42 am #1052441
Amtrak: Getting Back on Track
By ANDREW TANGEL
Nov. 25, 2014 12:12 a.m. ET
Amtrak, the national passenger railroad whose subsidies often are the target of cost-cutters in Washington, said Monday that its operating loss has fallen to the lowest level in four decades amid growing ridership.
Amtrak’s operating loss of $227 million in fiscal 2014, which ended Sept. 30, was down 37% from the previous year, according to results the railroad planned to announce Tuesday.
READ MORE: http://online.wsj.com/news/article_email/amtrak-getting-back-on-track-1416892333-lMyQjAxMTA0NjIzNTQyNjU5WjApril 24, 2015 9:56 pm at 9:56 pm #1073392
WHY CAN’T AMERICA HAVE GREAT TRAINS?
BY SIMON VAN ZUYLEN-WOOD
Compared with the high-speed trains of Western Europe and East Asia, American passenger rail is notoriously creaky, tardy, and slow. The Acela, currently the only “high-speed” train in America, runs at an average pace of 68 miles per hour between Washington and Boston; a high-speed train from Madrid to Barcelona averages 154 miles per hour. Amtrak’s most punctual trains arrive on schedule 75 percent of the time; judged by Amtrak’s lax standards, Japan’s bullet trains are late basically 0 percent of the time.
READ MORE: http://www.nationaljournal.com/magazine/amtrak-acela-high-speed-trains-20150417May 21, 2015 9:50 pm at 9:50 pm #1077307
The conservative case for strengthening Amtrak
May 18, 2015
The Amtrak crash in Pennsylvania killed eight people and injured dozens more. It has sparked much hand-wringing in the media, though its death toll is surpassed every few hours on American highways.
Still, Republicans have not hesitated in their plan to sharply cut Amtrak subsidies, recently voting on legislation to do just that. One GOP congressman called Amtrak a “Soviet-style operation,” which presumably means he would prefer abolishing Amtrak altogether.
READ MORE: http://theweek.com/articles/555400/conservative-case-strengthening-amtrak
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