EXAMINATION OF NINE YEARS OF TRAIN-AIR DATA IN THE BOSTON TO NEW YORK PASSENGER MARKET

Rail passenger data collected over a period of nine years are compared with commercial air carriage in intercity service between Boston and New York. Air carrier passengers were 85.8 percent of the nine-year total air-rail passenger trips, but the proportion of rail passengers more than doubled - from an average of 12.2 in 1971 to 26.4 percent in 1975. Air patronage has slipped from 87.8 to 73.6 percent in the same period. Statistics also show that the number of rail riders was smaller in 1976 than it was in 1974, falling for the first time since 1971. Amtrak's effort to attract passengers is noted, and economic conditions are cited as reason for the total decreased ridership. A week-end Air Shuttle fair and an off-peak Amtrak excursion fare are expected to attract riders to the respective modes in 1976.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Federal Railroad Administration

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

Media Info

  • Features: Tables;
  • Pagination: 24 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00141380
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Dec 15 1976 12:00AM