SEVEN YEARS OF TRAIN-AIR COMPETITION IN THE NEW YORK TO WASHINGTON PASSENGER MARKET

A total of 21.1 million passenger trips were made in the seven years by both the Metroliner and air service on the Washington-New York/Newark city pair. The Air carriers accounted for 70.0 percent of the total or 14.8 million trips, but the proportion of rail passengers increased from 24.8 in 1969 to 39.3 percent in 1975, while the air percentage fell from 75.2 in 1969 to 60.7 percent in 1975. Significant competition is noted between Metroliner and air service. A special week-end air coach excursion fare has not shown any pronounced increases in ridership. In March 1975, Amtrak instituted an off-peak round trip coach fare, and a new marketing concept involving replacement of old equipment, at the end of 1975, 15 metroliners and 38 conventional trains were operating in each direction. It is noted that a combination of factors such as increased rail and air fares, the return of people to their automobiles, and the poor economic conditions account for the decreased number of common carrier patrons.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Federal Railroad Administration

    Rail Passenger Programs Division, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  USA  20590
  • Authors:
    • Winestone, R L
  • Publication Date: 1976-5

Media Info

  • Features: Tables;
  • Pagination: 22 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00141379
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Dec 15 1976 12:00AM