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Recession drags Amtrak ridership

The trend continues throughout the transportation sector and Amtrak is no excluded, according to this report in the Washington Post. Highlights: Acela hard hit, long distance trains less so.

The total number of passengers fell 8.4 percent to 2.5 million from a year earlier, according to Amtrak. Ridership on short-distance routes dropped 9.6 percent. Long-distance ridership retreated in July for the third straight month, dropping 4.9 percent.

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One Response

  1. MadPark says:

    Hello, Amtrak! Time to lengthen those long distance trains, add a greater variety of higher end coach accommodations, some economy sleepers, restore full diner service and run those Superliner lounges 24 hours a day on the western trains. And, as stated so many times here, get with it and order 1000 new long distance cars, right now.
    There’s money to be made, lots of it, on long distance trains if they are run with the customer in mind – a novel concept for you, we know, but give it a try!

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