INTERCITY PASSENGER RAIL
Intercity passenger rail moves nearly 9.5 million people into and out of New York City’s Pennsylvania Station every year on Amtrak’s 16 rail services. The Northeast Corridor between Washington, D.C and Boston is the busiest railroad in North America, with 2,200 trains carrying roughly 26,000 passengers every day, about 11.4 million passengers annually. Between New York and Washington, Amtrak carried three times as many riders as the airline industry. Between New York and Boston, Amtrak carried more passengers than all airlines combined.
Amtrak owns New York’s Penn Station, and shares tracks with LIRR and NJ Transit, although New York City owns and leases the land under the station. The United States government supports Amtrak, otherwise known as the National Passenger Railroad Corporation, which operates passenger rail throughout the region and the country.