Amtrak reports record ridership, but still losing money

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MIAMI, FL – MAY 24: An Amtrak train is seen as people board at the Miami station on May 24, 2017 in Miami, Florida. President Donald Trump’s budget proposal would terminate federal dollars that support Amtrak’s long-distance services, which would potentially mean an elimination of all Amtrak service in Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC (WSYR-TV) – Amtrak is reporting a record year for ridership nationwide.

On Friday, the company released new operating data, which included record ridership, revenue, and financial performance in fiscal year 2019.

While the railroad is still losing money, administrators say Amtrak should reach operational break-even in fiscal year 2020.

Ridership set a new company record, providing 32.5 million customer trips, 800,000 more passengers than the previous year.

According to a summary of the report, Amtrak saw a 6.5% ridership increase in its Maple Leaf route, which starts in Albany and travels through Utica, Syracuse, Rochester, Buffalo, and ends in Toronto.

In 2018 the Maple Leaf carried 366,696 passengers, while in 2019 it serviced 390,355 travelers.

The Adirondack service between New York City and Montreal also saw an increase from 111,740 to 117,490 in 2019, a 5.1% increase.

Amtrak executives attribute the success to improved safety and their new Acela fleet along the east coast.

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