By Asma Khalid
Critics say Amtrak is a huge money-loser. But, the reality is more nuanced. Amtrak is set to break a record, carrying more passengers so far this year than ever before.
The busiest region for Amtrak is right here, along the Northwest corridor of the country from Washington up to Boston. Last year, Amtrak carried nearly 10 million people along this route.
Alice Thomas is in line for the train at Union Station.
"It's just more time in one place, rather than getting to the airport, getting on the plane, getting off the plane, getting in a taxi. You just get on the train and then you're on the train the whole time, so you can read," says Thomas.
But, she says, it's expensive.
And now with bus services that take you from Union Station to Penn Station in New York, Amtrak has one more competitor that’ s also significantly cheaper.
But, for Thomas, she'll still be taking the train; she doesn’t want to risk getting caught in traffic.