In a recent statement from the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) Administrator Joe Szabo, he pointed to major growth in Amtrak ridership across the country.
Szabo said, “Amtrak’s overall performance is best characterized as a Cinderella story. Ridership is booming and robust in nearly every region of the country over the last decade, with annual ridership records set in eight out of the last nine years”
He went on to point out some of the ridership increases:
“These ridership numbers show that the investment in Amtrak needs to be dedicated and long-term,” said TCU President Bob Scardelletti. “Amtrak can be a world class high-speed passenger rail system with continued funding. This election is critical; the Republicans have made it clear they intend to tear Amtrak apart. All TCU members must know that a vote for Romney is a vote to kill Amtrak.”