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Amtrak registers 5 percent ridership increase through FY07's first seven months


Amtrak is on pace to set another annual ridership record. The national intercity passenger railroad recently announced it carried 14.3 million passengers during fiscal-year 2007’s first seven months, a 5 percent increase compared with the same FY06 period.

Amtrak’s short-distance corridors – which stretch 500 miles or less – carried 12.3 million passengers, representing a significant increase, according to the railroad.

Amtrak also reported year-over-year gains on its most popular routes. The Washington, D.C.-to-New York City-to-Boston Northeast Corridor carried 5.7 million passengers compared with 5.4 million; the San Diego-to-Los Angeles-to-San Luis Obispo, Calif. Pacific Surfliner, 1.46 million vs. 1.44 million; the San Jose-to-Sacramento Capitol Corridor, 815,000 vs. 724,000; the New York City-to-Albany, N.Y-to-Toronto Empire Corridor, 705,000 vs. 680,000; and the New York City-to-Philadelphia-to-Harrisburg, Pa. Keystone Corridor, 553,000 vs. 472,000.

“Amtrak has seen record ridership increases for each of the past three years, and these mid-year numbers suggest that will continue,” said Amtrak President and Chief Executive Officer Alex Kummant in a prepared statement.

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