U.S. Passenger Rail Ridership

This interactive feature presents data on all Amtrak routes in the United States which are drawn from the report "A New Alignment: Strengthening America's Commitment to Passenger Rail." Locate and analyze each route on the map using the interactive table below. Hover or click on metro areas to bring up detailed passenger and station counts for each region.

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By the numbers

Route detail

  • Filter routes and metro areas
  • Short routes (< 400 miles)
  • Long routes (> 400 miles)
  • 10 busiest metro areas
  • All other metro areas

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Notes:

Route cost includes fully allocated overhead, excluding depreciation and interest. A route's "balance" reflects the difference between its cost and the combination of revenue it generates and state funding it receives. Cost and balance values are for the year 2011, the most recent year of available fiscal data.

After Hurricane Katrina, service was discontinued on the route between New Orleans and Jacksonville; data for this route are not reflected in the figures presented within this interactive feature.

Route distance reflects the average distance traveled by all weekday trains on the route.

Interactive by Alec Friedhoff

SUMMARY

American passenger rail is in the midst of a renaissance. Ridership on Amtrak—the primary U.S. carrier—is now at record levels and growing fast. This interactive feature presents data on all Amtrak routes in the United States which are drawn from the report "A New Alignment: Strengthening America’s Commitment to Passenger Rail."

SERIES: Metropolitan Infrastructure Initiative | Number 46