Performance Measure
Measure Name
Ridership on state-sponsored passenger rail service.
Measure Last Modified
Sep 24 2014 01:18
Measure Last Published
Jun 13 2017 01:09
Measure Status
Data Source and Calculation

Ridership is reported to the Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) by Amtrak.

Enterprise Priorities and Strategies
Enterprise InitiativeEnterprise PriorityEnterprise Strategy
TransportationMulti-ModalityExpand the role of non-highway modes of transportation in the Commonwealth’s transportation network.
Associated Service Areas
SA CodeSA Name
61003Passenger and Freight Rail Financial Assistance Programs
Measure ID50561003.001.003
Measure ClassAgency Key
Measure TypeOutcome
Year TypeState FY
Preferred TrendIncrease
Statistical Unit
Baseline and Targets
Target NameDateResultNote
Short Target 2020
Long Target 2022
Measure Results
YearResultExplanatory Note
2011211,217.00The Richmond Amtrak Virginia service did not begin until July 20, 2010. The reporting period for both services include July 1, 2010 - June 30, 2011. Amtrak ridership and revenue figures for the purpose of the contract are established on the federal fiscal year.
2012262,770.00Amtrak ridership is trending upward with increases each month of FY12 compared to FY11. Also, FY12 included a full year of service for the Richmond Amtrak Service; whereas, FY11 included a partial month for July 2010 as that is when the service began.
2013307,696.00The Amtrak Virginia service into the Northeast Corridor was extended from Richmond to Norfolk beginning on December 12, 2012.
2014725,715.00This new baseline reflects the October 2013 addition of state supported Route 47 and Route 51, which caused the baseline to jump from FY13 (307,696) to FY14 (725,715). This assumes 2 percent growth annually. Growth may be higher as more frequencies are planned for Roanoke, Lynchburg and Norfolk, but at this time growth is predicated on anticipated growth in ridership for existing state supported trains.
2015894,065.00Beginning in October 2013, under federally mandated PRIIA legislation, Virginia assumed two additional Amtrak routes which accounts for higher ridership numbers in FY 2015 over FY 2014.
2016844,572.00Ridership is sensitive to variables such as on-time performance and fuel prices. With cheap fuel prices, more potential passengers choose to drive instead of take the train. This is a national trend and will likely reverse when fuel prices rise.
- Run Date: 01/16/2019 03:11:59