Amtrak carried more than 31.2 million passengers in Fiscal Year 2012 that ended September 30th. It marks the highest annual ridership total since America's Railroad started operations in 1971. Ridership grew by 3.5 percent from 2011 and ticket revenue jumped to a best ever more than $2 billion.
Ridership on the Northeast Corridor is also up, by 4.8 percent, to a record 11.4 million. Officials believe improved passenger services like Wi-Fi and eTicketing are combining with high gas prices and more business travel to result in the higher numbers.