WASHINGTON (KSDK) - Amtrak had record ridership in July, the national rail provider said Wednesday.
According to Amtrak, July was the best single ridership month ever in its history. Year-over-year ridership in July rose 4.8 percent to more than 2.9 million passengers, an all-time record for most passengers in a single month.
Northeast Corridor services, state-supported and other short-distance routes, and long-distance trains all showed gains for July, Amtrak said.
State-supported routes lead the way in ridership growth and, under federal law, 19 states will take greater control of routes less than 750 miles beginning October 1, 2013. Amtrak said it must first reach agreements with the states to ensure the corridor services continue to operate beyond the deadline. At present, Amtrak has agreements with three states.
Ridership is up 1.1 percent thus far in FY 2013 (October-July) versus the previous year and strong ticket sales are predicted for the final two months of the fiscal year.
Amtrak predicts to meet or exceed last year's annual ridership record of 31.2 million passengers.