Amtrak Wants to Double Ridership by 2040

Amtrak Acela trains are parked at South Station in Boston in September 2018. (Photo by Todd DeFeo/The DeFeo Groupe)

WASHINGTON – Amtrak plans to advance several key initiatives in 2024 to achieve its goal of doubling annual ridership to 66 million by fiscal 2040, the railroad said today.

“Amtrak has rebounded from the pandemic and is growing again as part of our plan to double ridership by 2040,” said Amtrak CEO Stephen Gardner. “With funding from the infrastructure bill in hand, we and our partners are transforming intercity passenger rail across the country in a big way.”

Amtrak is advancing historic infrastructure investments that will, with the help of partners, launch new and expanded services, advance safety and reliability, improve accessibility, drive economic development and enhance the customer experience.

“Amtrak is working on two overarching objectives in 2024 – improving passenger train service for our customers and efficiently and effectively carrying out a massive major infrastructure capital program aimed to modernize and upgrade our infrastructure, stations, fleet and technology,” said Amtrak President Roger Harris. “As both a passenger rail service provider and a major construction company, we are quickly growing and evolving to deliver on both.”

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