A Map of Amtrak Ridership

Amtrak, with 21,300 miles of rail, covers most of the nation. Amtrak covers most of the country, last year moving 31 million passengers to more than 500 destinations in 46 states. Its long routes, however, such as from New York City to the West Coast can’t compete with airlines either in terms of time or cost and are money losers. In fiscal 2014, the government-owned company suffered an operating loss of $227 million on $3.2 billion in revenues. By contrast, its busy Northeast corridor, where 11.4 million passengers traveled along the 456-mile route in 2014, posted an operating profit.

Fortune Magazine, June 2015