It is part of an industry trend. The Detroit News has a story I am sure we will hear more of today. (It would be nice if the reporter understood that Acela is not “high speed rail.”) There is bad news for the Carolinian. At the risk of being called an Amtrak cheerleader, I am wondering what type of statistical “glitch” might be at work here.
The railroad’s Carolinian route, between Charlotte, N.C., and New York City, had the biggest dropoff, down 45 percent to 14,032. Ridership on the railroad’s Northeast Regional trains between Boston and Washington fell 15 percent to 548,695, and passenger loads on the Acela line, the nation’s only high-speed rail route, dropped 8.5 percent to 263,970.