November 29, 2006

YOU MEAN CONSUMERS RESPOND TO PRICES?:

Amtrak ridership increases (Oren Dorell, 11/29/06, USA TODAY)

Tighter airport security and higher gas prices appear to be boosting Amtrak ridership in the Northeast, the South and Midwest.

Trains in North Carolina, Pennsylvania and New England saw double-digit jumps in ridership.


Which is why we should make gas more expensive, not less.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 29, 2006 8:42 AM
Comments

Let's wait and see how much repeat business they get. We took the express train (can't remember what it was called) from Connecticut to DC last year and I swear the cars were the same dirty and tired ones we used ride when I was a kid 60+ years ago.

Posted by: erp at November 29, 2006 9:08 AM

Just as long as those riders are paying the fully costed price of their mode of transportation...

Posted by: Rick T. at November 29, 2006 10:28 AM

Still only went up 1.1% overall, because of a decrease in long trips. There's little practical reason to take a train across the entire country (other than for the sight-seeing, similar to driving), but plenty of reasons for short or moderate distance trips in dense areas.

"Trains in North Carolina...saw double-digit jumps in ridership."

Percentage or absolute? ;) In the case of NC, might be the same thing if measured per day.

Posted by: John Thacker at November 29, 2006 11:38 AM
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