The results are in, and the numbers might surprise you.
Amtrak has transported a record number of passengers and has posted its smallest loss in decades.
Is this good news for Amtrak? Is it good news for you?
Well, let’s look at those numbers.
Amtrak carried more than 31 million passengers in the last fiscal year.
But it still had an operating loss of $227 million.
There’s no doubt that Amtrak provides a much-needed service in the Northeast Corridor of the United States between New York and Boston, and New York and Washington, D.C.
But its longer routes are consistent money losers.
Unless Congress steps up with some financial help, many of those routes may be in jeopardy.
But on trips under 400 miles, Amtrak remains thankfully and undeniably a viable economic alternative for millions of passengers who don’t want to drive or can’t afford to fly.
For the moment, the future of Amtrak remains with the new Congress.
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