You can’t blame Amtrak President Joe Boardman for wanting more attention to the Northeast Corridor from Washington to Boston.
And it is also stressed. Last fiscal year, ridership along the corridor slipped slightly to just under 11.4 million rides, even as Amtrak set yet another record with an overall ridership of 31.6 million.
That was about one percent higher than the previous fiscal year. (The fiscal year runs from Oct. 1 through Sept. 30.)
The Northeast Corridor slipped by .2% largely because of less travel on the flagship Acela service. That dipped by more than 52,000 rides to a total of3,343,143.
Amtrak spokesman Clifford Cole explained that the corridor’s performance was hindered by massive disruptions that came with Superstorm Sandy a year ago, and the recent power loss along Metro-North’s New Haven Line. Amtrak uses Metro-North tracks from New Rochelle to New Haven.
That explains why Amtrak’s regional trains was still able to do more business. It’s 8,044,216 ridership for the last fiscal year was more than 40,000 above the previous year.
You can find Amtrak’s release on ridership here.