Nightly News   |  October 14, 2011

Amtrak sets ridership record

Amtrak set a passenger record, carrying more than 30 million passengers in the past 12 months. NBC’s Brian Williams reports.

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BRIAN WILLIAMS, anchor: A couple of items here, starting with big news for Amtrak . They've set a passenger record, carrying over 30 million passengers in the last 12 months. That's up 5 percent over last year, and that is the most passengers in one year since the formation of the railroad about four decades ago.

Ridership 5%

WILLIAMS: Some in Congress are still trying to cut federal funding, while Amtrak 's latest plan to offer true high-speed rail on the East Coast would take 30 years to build and cost $117 billion.