The Amtrak Northeast Corridor (NEC), operating between Washington, D.C., and Boston, is the busiest railroad in North America. Major stops along the NEC include Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York City and Providence.
Between October 2012 and September 2013, Amtrak carried over 31.5 million passengers. Amtrak serves over 500 destinations in 46 states, the District of Columbia and three Canadian provinces. On average, 86,000 passengers ride an Amtrak train every day. Approximately 2,200 trains operate on the NEC alone.
Amtrak is an especially popular choice for travelers between Washington, D.C., and New York City, carrying more than three times as many riders on this route as the airline industry in 2013. They also carried more riders between New York City and Boston than all airlines combined.
Services including Pacific Surfliner (serving San Diego and Los Angeles), Capitol Corridor (serving San Jose, Oakland and Sacramento), Keystone Corridor (serving Harrisburg, Philadelphia and New York City), and Empire (serving New York City, Albany and Niagara Falls) carried at least one million passengers in 2013. Corridors such as Cascades (serving Portland, Seattle and Vancouver), Hiawatha (serving Chicago and Milwaukee), and Lincoln (serving Chicago and St. Louis) carried at least 500,000 passengers the same year.
The busiest stations in 2013 were New York City, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Chicago and Los Angeles.