|Source: State of Florida, Amtrak Fact Sheet|
The Rail Service Passenger Act created Amtrak in October 1970. This act was an attempt to stimulate the declining passenger rail system. Amtrak, the privately owned National Passenger Rail Corporation, began providing intercity passenger service on May 1, 1971. The Federal government owns all of Amtrak’s stock and provides funds to support the system. Amtrak is the sole available source of intercity train travel as the only franchise operator. Some commuter transit systems cross state lines and some other rail services offer tourist and visitor rail services, but the Amtrak intercity passenger service is the selected indicator considered for inclusion.
While much of the service provided by Amtrak is in the Northeast, Amtrak also services Florida with five long distance trains. These include the Silver Meteor, the Silver Star, the Silver Palmetto, the Sunset Limited, and the Auto Train. For detailed schedules and locations one can visit the Amtrak website at
This indicator shows the percentage of change that has occured in Florida Amtrak boardings. The source for this data is the Amtrak's Florida Amtrak Fact Sheet and it is updated annually with a lag time of nearly three months.