Study: Amtrak's 31.2M ridership in 2012 a 55% rise from 1997

02/28/2013 | Washington Post, The · ProgressiveRailroading.com

Amtrak's 31.2 million passenger count last year represents a 55% increase since 1997, which suggests a sense of urgency for Congress to create a nationwide rail development plan, according to a recent study. "I think there's a need for passenger rail in this country," said House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster, R-Pa. Meanwhile, the Transportation Trades Department AFL-CIO appealed to Congress in the establishment of a long-term freight and passenger-rail infrastructure plan to abolish a sense of "underinvestment and disrepair," TTD officials said.

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