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The name “Amtrak” is the blending of the words “America” and “track.” It is properly used in documents with only the first letter capitalized. The railroad is also known as the National Railroad Passenger Corporation.
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- During FY 2013 (October 2012 – September 2013), Amtrak welcomed aboard nearly 31.6 million passengers, the largest annual total in its history, and the 10th annual ridership record in the last 11 years. Every day, an average of more than 86,000 passengers ride more than 300 Amtrak trains.
- Amtrak operates a nationwide rail network, serving more than 500 destinations in 46 states, the District of Columbia and three Canadian provinces on more than 21,300 miles of routes, with more than 20,000 employees. It is the nation’s only high speed intercity passenger rail provider, operating at a top speed of 150 mph (241 kph). More than half of its trains operate at top speeds of 100 mph (160 kph) or greater.
- Amtrak is building the equipment, infrastructure and organization it needs to sustain growing ridership.
- Amtrak is investing in critical projects that will enhance the passenger experience, sustain the national passenger network, provide much-needed capacity and improve reliability and safety.
- Amtrak is taking steps to improve financial performance and accountability with new cost controls, efficiency improvements and debt reduction measures that will combine with better service, record ridership and resulting revenue increases to improve our bottom line.
- Amtrak plays an important role in the national transportation network by providing travelers with a safe, efficient and reliable alternative that mitigates the effect of high fuel prices and pervasive highway and airline congestion.
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