Amtrak Continues to See Record Levels of Ridership

For almost a year now, Americans have felt the burden of surging gas prices and have shifted to intercity rail.  According to a recent Wall Street Journal article, ridership on Amtrak increased 14 percent last month from last July.  The Capitol Corridor, which serves the San Francisco and Sacramento market, has seen ridership increase by 33 percent.  Overall gains across the nation on Amtrak's routes seem to support its projected total ridership of 28 million for the current fiscal year.  It is clear that some of the nation's busiest highways, airways and rail corridors have reached or are near capacity.  Leaders in Washington have responded to these trends as evidenced by passing legislation in both the House and Senate to reauthorize Amtrak.  The increased funding could help Amtrak fix existing infrastructure deficiencies, such as dilapidated catenaries, and aging bridges and tunnels, as well as finance a long awaited capital program to expand services. 

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