Even though Amtrak’s federal funding is woefully inadequate, they’ve been able to post 5 straight years of ridership increases, and have set a all-time ridership record in 2007. The people are speaking…they want trains as an option.
Here’s the LINK to the news release and a snippit…
“Highway and airway congestion, volatile fuel prices, increasing environmental awareness, and a need for transportation links between growing communities, are some of the factors that make intercity passenger rail extremely relevant in today’s world,” said Alex Kummant, President and CEO of Amtrak. “Combined with the efforts of the hardworking men and women of Amtrak who make our service work, our investment in the Northeast Corridor is paying dividends with improved on-time performance (OTP), and that draws in more ridership and revenue.
“Our record setting ridership and ticket revenue in FY07 indicate the stage is set for Amtrak to take on a role as not only a contributor to the nation’s transportation network, but as a leader among modes,” he added.
Are you listening Gahanna City Council?