Amtrak: 40th Anniversary Release — May 2, 2011

WASHINGTON – Forty years ago, on May 1, 1971, Amtrak operated its first intercity passenger train and began its continuing journey of meeting America’s national needs with initiative, pride and success.

The 40th anniversary celebration is occurring during a period of long-term growth that has seen Amtrak set annual ridership records in seven of the last eight fiscal years, including more than 28.7 million passengers in FY 2010 – and Amtrak is on track to set a new record this year.

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