Amtrak for its fiscal year ending Sept. 30 set a new record by carrying 31.2 million passengers, up 3.5% from a year earlier.
Full-year ticket revenue also reached a new high, rising 6.8% to $2.02 billion.
The rail operator cited "improved passenger services such as Wi-Fi and e-ticketing, high gasoline prices, continued growth in business travel on the Northeast Corridor, the increased appeal and popularity of rail travel, dissatisfaction with congested highways and air travel, and effective marketing campaigns."
In the Northeast Corridor, Acela Express volume edged up 0.5% to 3.4 million passengers, "its second-best year ever," and the Northeast Regional service carried 8% more passengers to a "new record" of 8 million. Source: Business Travel News