"In towns all across America, Amtrak brings economic opportunities for people, businesses and communities to grow and prosper," Amtrak Board of Directors Chairman Tony Coscia added.
Amtrak said 2013 was the 11th consecutive year in which it broke a previous ridership record.
The company said 15.4 million of its 2013 riders were on shorter “state-supported” routes that have been promoted under the 2008 Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act (PRIIA). Amtrak added that 11.4 million riders rode trains on its popular Northeast routes, which it is said was the second best ridership in the region.
The remaining 4.8 million riders came on Amtrak’s long-distance intercity routes, which have proven to be a source of contention with Congress because they tend to lose money.
Amtrak said the 2013 ridership was its best performance on long-distance routes in 20 years.