Monthly ridership in 1971 was 1,239,402. By 1999, that figure had jumped 45 percent to 1,791,667 riders per month.
In fiscal year 2005, Amtrak served more than 25 million passengers.
Each day, approximately 61,000 guests travel on Amtrak.Train Trips
The Auto Train
, which travels between Lorton, Virginia and Sanford, Florida is the longest Amtrak passenger train with two engines and 40-plus rail cars. Auto Train
service began on a tri-weekly basis on October 30, 1983. Daily service was introduced a year later.
At 86 miles, the Hiawatha
, which travels between Chicago and Milwaukee, is Amtrak's shortest intercity passenger train ride.
Amtrak currently operates its Silver Star, Silver Meteor
, and Auto Train
Other Amtrak trains that once called Florida home include:
Train Equipment/InfrastructurePassenger Cars
- The Floridian from Chicago to Florida
- The Champion from New York to St. Petersburg
- The South Wind from Chicago to Florida
- The Florida Special from New York to Miami
- The Miamian from New York to Miami
- The Vacationer from New York to Miami
Amtrak operates about 2,000 railroad cars including about 173 sleeper cars, 743 coach cars, 66 first class/business class cars, 65 dormitory/crew cars, 65 lounge/café/dinette cars, and 83 dining cars. Baggage and express cars make up the remainder of the fleet.Locomotives
Amtrak operates 343 locomotives, 278 diesel and 65 electric.
Amtrak owns three heavy maintenance facililties in Wilmington and Bear, Del., and Beech Grove, Ind., as well as other maintenance facilities in Boston; Chicago; Hialeah, Fla.; Los Angeles; New Orleans; New York City; Niagara Falls, N.Y.; Oakland, Calif.; Rensselaer, N.Y.; Seattle; and Washington, D.C.
Amtrak owns 18 tunnels consisting of 26.5 miles of track and 1,165 bridges consisting of 61 miles of track,Train Names
was named for the state bird of each state on the train's route between Chicago and Washington, D.C.
The Empire Builder
that travels between Chicago and Seattle/Portland was named for James J. Hill, the builder of the Great Northern Railway.Employees
When service began on May 1, 1971, Amtrak had 25 employees. Today, more than 25,000 people are employed by the company.