March of 2013 set a record for Amtrak in terms of the number of passengers, according to an article in USA TODAY — giving Amtrak a reason to celebrate for National Train Day, which is a day designated by Amtrak to promote train travel in the United States.
Ridership increased on Amtrak by 0.9 percent to 15.1 million riders from October 2012 to March 2013 compared with the same period the previous year — and 2.8 million passengers during the month of March certainly contributed to the growing success of Amtrak, which is subsidized by the federal government of the United States.
Amtrak served 31.2 million passengers in 2012.
The hassles of airline travel, highway congestion and high fuel prices all supposedly contributed to people deciding to use Amtrak over other modes of transportation — although inexpensive bus services such as Megabus are still competitive threats to Amtrak due to their lower fares and flexible routes.
I had never heard of National Train Day even though this is its sixth year. Here is a video promoting National Train Day and Amtrak:
National Train Day is scheduled for May 11, 2013.