“Train Kept a Rollin” – AMTRAK’s busiest stations


Source: commons.wikimedia.org

Source: commons.wikimedia.org

Below is a list of the 25 cities/intercity railroad stations with the largest AMTRAK ridership in fiscal year 2011.  As a rider/supporter of AMTRAK and as an avid fan of railroad travel in general, I was quite surprised by some of the cities/stations that made the Top 25 – one might think of California as a car-culture state, but AMTRAK ridership is surprisingly strong with Los Angeles in 5th, Sacramento 7th, San Diego 10th, Irvine 16th, Emeryville (San Francisco/Oakland) 20th, and Bakersfield listed as 24th.

In a ranking of stations by state, California finishes first with six, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania with three, and New York and Maryland with two stations each.

1 Penn Station New York City New York

8,995,551

2 Union Station Washington District of Columbia

4,850,685

3 30th Street Station Philadelphia Pennsylvania

3,872,392

4 Union Station Chicago Illinois

3,393,695

5 Union Station Los Angeles California

1,606,121

6 South Station Boston Massachusetts

1,360,162

7 Sacramento Valley Station Sacramento California

1,175,046

8 Penn Station Baltimore Maryland

953,170

9 Albany–Rensselaer Station Rensselaer New York

769,626

10 Union Station San Diego California

753,739

11 Union Station New Haven Connecticut

740,902

12 Wilmington Station Wilmington Delaware

717,772

14 King Street Station Seattle Washington

672,485

15 Union Station Portland Oregon

665,677

13 Penn Station Newark New Jersey

683,626

17 BWI Airport Station Linthicum Maryland

662,453

16 Irvine Station Irvine California

664,263

18 Providence Station Providence Rhode Island

625,995

19 Milwaukee Intermodal Station Milwaukee Wisconsin

617,800

21 Harrisburg Transportation Center Harrisburg Pennsylvania

543,423

20 Emeryville Station Emeryville California

583,865

22 Lancaster Station Lancaster Pennsylvania

539,338

23 Back Bay Boston Massachusetts

479,951

24 Bakersfield Bakersfield California

476,767

25 North Station Boston Massachusetts

456,198

Source: en.wikipedia.org

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