ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KSDK) - Amtrak saw ridership increases during the first half of FY 2013 and set a record in March with the best month in the history of its service. October, December and January also set individual monthly records.
Rebounding from service disruptions caused by Superstorm Sandy and other severe weather, Amtrak ridership grew 0.9 percent in the first six months of FY 2013 compared to the same period last year. Twenty-six of 45 routes posted ridership increases so far this year. Amtrak expects to end the fiscal year at or above last year's record of 31.2 million passengers.
The Lincoln Service (Chicago- St. Louis) reported a 2.5 percent increase and the Missouri River Run (Kansas City- St. Louis) reported a 0.9 percent increase.
Amtrak predicts ridership along the Northeast Corridor, which took a significant hit from Sandy, will show gains for the full fiscal year, despite being down 1.2 percent for this six-month period. Overall ridership on state-supported and other short distance routes is up 2.7 percent and long-distance ridership grew 0.5 percent.