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Amtrak Subsidies and Profits by Route

Amtrak Profits and Subsidies by Route: 1997
(Per Passenger Mile)

Route TerminalsCostProfit (Loss)Fare Ratio
Adirondack New York, NY-Montreal, Canada$0.388($0.203)47.7%
Auto Train Lorton, VA-Sanford, FL$0.381($0.137)64.1%
California Zephyr Chicago, IL-Emeryville (San Francisco, CA$0.299($0.165)44.7%
Capitol Limited Chicago, IL-Washington, D.C.$0.436($0.244)44.1%
Capitols Colfax, CA-San Jose, CA$0.525($0.181)65.6%
Cardinal Chicago, IL-Washington, D.C.$0.506($0.354)30.1%
Carolinian New York, NY-Charlotte, NC$0.272($0.085)68.7%
Chicago-Pontiac Chicago, IL-Detroit or Pontiac, MI$0.448($0.326)27.2%
Chicago-St. Louis Chicago, IL-St. Louis, MO$0.566($0.358)36.7%
City of New Orleans Chicago, IL-New Orleans, LA$0.366($0.234)36.1%
Clockers New York, NY-Philadelphia, PA$0.388($0.239)38.4%
Coast Starlight Los Angeles, CA-Seattle, WA$0.333($0.196)41.2%
Crescent New York, NY-New Orleans, LA$0.432($0.263)39.0%
Desert Wind\d Chicago-Salt Lake-Los Angeles$0.296($0.184)37.9%
Empire New York, NY-Albany or NIagara Falls, NY$0.391($0.198)49.2%
Empire-Ethan Allen Express New York, NY-Rutland, VT$0.611($0.390)36.1%
Empire Builder Chicago, IL-Seattle, WA, or Portland, OR$0.273($0.149)45.6%
Gulf Coast Limited\d New Orleans-Mobile$1.211($1.081)10.7%
Hiawathas Chicago, IL-Milwaukee, WI$0.924($0.608)34.2%
Illini Chicago, IL-Carbondale, IL$0.502($0.224)55.4%
Illinois Zephyr Chicago, IL-Quincy, IL$0.643($0.356)44.6%
International Chicago, IL-Toronto, Canada$0.427($0.236)44.8%
Kansas City-St. Louis Kansas City, MO-St. Louis, MO$0.461($0.221)52.1%
Lake Shore Limited Chicago, IL-Boston, MA, or New York, NY$0.309($0.155)49.8%
Metroliners New York, NY-Washington, D.C.$0.548$0.032105.9%
New York-Harrisburg New York, NY-Harrisburg, PA$0.699($0.396)43.3%
Northeast Direct Boston or Springfield, MA-Washington, DC or Newport News, VA$0.444($0.176)60.5%
Pacific Northwest Corridor Eugene, OR-Seattle, WA, or Vancouver, BC$0.385($0.165)57.1%
Pennsylvanian New York, NY-Pittsburgh, PA$0.502($0.316)37.0%
Pere Marquette Chicago, IL-Grand Rapids, MI$0.593($0.354)40.4%
Philadelphia-Harrisburg Philadelphia, PA-Harrisburg, PA$0.543($0.290)46.5%
Piedmont Raleigh, NC-Charlotte, NC$1.011($0.325)67.9%
Pioneer\d Chicago-Portland-Seattle$0.346($0.236)32.0%
San Diegans San Diego, CA-Los Angeles, Santa Barbara or San Luis Obispo, CA$0.491($0.241)50.9%
San Joaquins Oakland, CA-Bakersfield, CA$0.374($0.071)81.1%
Silver Meteor New York, NY-Miami, FL$0.315($0.170)45.9%
Silver Palm New York, NY-Florida$0.407($0.243)40.3%
Silver Star New York, NY-Florida$0.359($0.214)40.5%
Southwest Chief Chicago, IL-Los Angeles, CA$0.322($0.154)52.1%
Sunset Limited Los Angeles, CA-Orlando, FL$0.359($0.246)31.5%
Texas Eagle Chicago, IL-San Antonio, TX, or Los Angeles, CA$0.363($0.242)33.3%
Three Rivers New York, NY-Chicago, IL$0.513($0.278)45.8%
Vermonter Washington, D.C.-St. Albans, VT$0.378($0.191)49.5%
System$0.399($0.185)53.6%
d=Discontinued Route Calculated from US General Accounting Office Data

Amtrak Routes Ranked by Fare Ratio: 1997

Rank
Route TerminalsCostProfit (Loss)Fare Ratio
1 Metroliners New York, NY-Washington, D.C.$0.548$0.032105.9%
2 San Joaquins Oakland, CA-Bakersfield, CA$0.374($0.071)81.1%
3 Carolinian New York, NY-Charlotte, NC$0.272($0.085)68.7%
4 Piedmont Raleigh, NC-Charlotte, NC$1.011($0.325)67.9%
5 Capitols Colfax, CA-San Jose, CA$0.525($0.181)65.6%
6 Auto Train Lorton, VA-Sanford, FL$0.381($0.137)64.1%
7 Northeast Direct Boston or Springfield, MA-Washington, DC or Newport News, VA$0.444($0.176)60.5%
8 Pacific Northwest Corridor Eugene, OR-Seattle, WA, or Vancouver, BC$0.385($0.165)57.1%
9 Illini Chicago, IL-Carbondale, IL$0.502($0.224)55.4%
10 Southwest Chief Chicago, IL-Los Angeles, CA$0.322($0.154)52.1%
11 Kansas City-St. Louis Kansas City, MO-St. Louis, MO$0.461($0.221)52.1%
12 San Diegans San Diego, CA-Los Angeles, Santa Barbara or San Luis Obispo, CA$0.491($0.241)50.9%
13 Lake Shore Limited Chicago, IL-Boston, MA, or New York, NY$0.309($0.155)49.8%
14 Vermonter Washington, D.C.-St. Albans, VT$0.378($0.191)49.5%
15 Empire New York, NY-Albany or NIagara Falls, NY$0.391($0.198)49.2%
16 Adirondack New York, NY-Montreal, Canada$0.388($0.203)47.7%
17 Philadelphia-Harrisburg Philadelphia, PA-Harrisburg, PA$0.543($0.290)46.5%
18 Silver Meteor New York, NY-Miami, FL$0.315($0.170)45.9%
19 Three Rivers New York, NY-Chicago, IL$0.513($0.278)45.8%
20 Empire Builder Chicago, IL-Seattle, WA, or Portland, OR$0.273($0.149)45.6%
21 International Chicago, IL-Toronto, Canada$0.427($0.236)44.8%
22 California Zephyr Chicago, IL-Emeryville (San Francisco, CA$0.299($0.165)44.7%
23 Illinois Zephyr Chicago, IL-Quincy, IL$0.643($0.356)44.6%
24 Capitol Limited Chicago, IL-Washington, D.C.$0.436($0.244)44.1%
25 New York-Harrisburg New York, NY-Harrisburg, PA$0.699($0.396)43.3%
26 Coast Starlight Los Angeles, CA-Seattle, WA$0.333($0.196)41.2%
27 Silver Star New York, NY-Florida$0.359($0.214)40.5%
28 Pere Marquette Chicago, IL-Grand Rapids, MI$0.593($0.354)40.4%
29 Silver Palm New York, NY-Florida$0.407($0.243)40.3%
30 Crescent New York, NY-New Orleans, LA$0.432($0.263)39.0%
31 Clockers New York, NY-Philadelphia, PA$0.388($0.239)38.4%
32 Desert Wind\d Chicago-Salt Lake-Los Angeles$0.296($0.184)37.9%
33 Pennsylvanian New York, NY-Pittsburgh, PA$0.502($0.316)37.0%
34 Chicago-St. Louis Chicago, IL-St. Louis, MO$0.566($0.358)36.7%
35 Empire-Ethan Allen Express New York, NY-Rutland, VT$0.611($0.390)36.1%
36 City of New Orleans Chicago, IL-New Orleans, LA$0.366($0.234)36.1%
37 Hiawathas Chicago, IL-Milwaukee, WI$0.924($0.608)34.2%
38 Texas Eagle Chicago, IL-San Antonio, TX, or Los Angeles, CA$0.363($0.242)33.3%
39 Pioneer\d Chicago-Portland-Seattle$0.346($0.236)32.0%
40 Sunset Limited Los Angeles, CA-Orlando, FL$0.359($0.246)31.5%
41 Cardinal Chicago, IL-Washington, D.C.$0.506($0.354)30.1%
42 Chicago-Pontiac Chicago, IL-Detroit or Pontiac, MI$0.448($0.326)27.2%
43 Gulf Coast Limited\d New Orleans-Mobile$1.211($1.081)10.7%

Amtrak Routes Ranked by Profits and Subsidies per Passenger: 1997

Rank Route TerminalsProfit/(Loss) per Passenger
1 Metroliners New York, NY-Washington, D.C.$4.61
2 San Joaquins Oakland, CA-Bakersfield, CA($10.61)
3 Clockers New York, NY-Philadelphia, PA($11.52)
4 Capitols Colfax, CA-San Jose, CA($15.10)
5 Philadelphia-Harrisburg Philadelphia, PA-Harrisburg, PA($21.40)
6 San Diegans San Diego, CA-Los Angeles, Santa Barbara or San Luis Obispo, CA($23.06)
7 Pacific Northwest Corridor Eugene, OR-Seattle, WA, or Vancouver, BC($26.27)
8 Carolinian New York, NY-Charlotte, NC($26.84)
9 Northeast Direct Boston or Springfield, MA-Washington, DC or Newport News, VA($28.91)
10 New York-Harrisburg New York, NY-Harrisburg, PA($36.43)
11 Empire New York, NY-Albany or NIagara Falls, NY($38.32)
12 Piedmont Raleigh, NC-Charlotte, NC($41.86)
13 Kansas City-St. Louis Kansas City, MO-St. Louis, MO($44.87)
14 Illini Chicago, IL-Carbondale, IL($46.07)
15 International Chicago, IL-Toronto, Canada($46.77)
16 Hiawathas Chicago, IL-Milwaukee, WI($49.58)
17 Pere Marquette Chicago, IL-Grand Rapids, MI($52.31)
18 Pennsylvanian New York, NY-Pittsburgh, PA($53.13)
19 Adirondack New York, NY-Montreal, Canada($56.57)
20 Vermonter Washington, D.C.-St. Albans, VT($58.82)
21 Illinois Zephyr Chicago, IL-Quincy, IL($62.20)
22 Chicago-St. Louis Chicago, IL-St. Louis, MO($64.06)
23 Chicago-Pontiac Chicago, IL-Detroit or Pontiac, MI($65.79)
24 Empire-Ethan Allen Express New York, NY-Rutland, VT($79.31)
25 Lake Shore Limited Chicago, IL-Boston, MA, or New York, NY($89.58)
26 Coast Starlight Los Angeles, CA-Seattle, WA($92.56)
27 Auto Train Lorton, VA-Sanford, FL($117.84)
28 Gulf Coast Limited\d New Orleans-Mobile($119.05)
29 Silver Meteor New York, NY-Miami, FL($120.00)
30 City of New Orleans Chicago, IL-New Orleans, LA($129.31)
31 Capitol Limited Chicago, IL-Washington, D.C.($132.96)
32 Empire Builder Chicago, IL-Seattle, WA, or Portland, OR($135.45)
33 Cardinal Chicago, IL-Washington, D.C.($136.25)
34 Three Rivers New York, NY-Chicago, IL($138.57)
35 Silver Star New York, NY-Florida($143.33)
36 California Zephyr Chicago, IL-Emeryville (San Francisco, CA($149.32)
37 Silver Palm New York, NY-Florida($162.23)
38 Crescent New York, NY-New Orleans, LA($163.16)
39 Desert Wind\d Chicago-Salt Lake-Los Angeles($173.75)
40 Southwest Chief Chicago, IL-Los Angeles, CA($179.77)
41 Texas Eagle Chicago, IL-San Antonio, TX, or Los Angeles, CA($202.11)
42 Pioneer\d Chicago-Portland-Seattle($233.33)
43 Sunset Limited Los Angeles, CA-Orlando, FL($285.48)
System($47.02)

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