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Railroad NameAmtrak
Logo FilenameAmtrak Logo.svg
Logo Size230px
System MapAmtrak System Map.svg
Map CaptionMap of the Amtrak system (2007)
LocaleContiguous United States (except Wyoming and South Dakota), as well as Ontario, British Columbia, and Quebec
Start Year1971
End Yearpresent
Predecessor LineMost privately-operated passenger rail systems prior to 1970.
Gaugesg (standard gauge)
ElectrificationNortheast Corridor and Philadelphia to Harrisburg Main Line
Lengthroutes: 21000 mi (33796.2 km)
track: 730 mi (1174.8 km)
Hq CityUnion Station
Washington, D.C.

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The National Railroad Passenger Corporation, doing business as Amtrak , is a government-owned corporation that was organized on May 1, 1971, to provide intercity passenger train service in the United States. "Amtrak" is a portmanteau of the words "America" and "track". It is headquartered at Union Station in Washington, D.C.

All of Amtrak's preferred stock is owned by the U.S. federal government. The members of its board of directors are appointed by the President of the United States and are subject to confirmation by the United States Senate. Common stock was issued in 1971 to railroads that contributed capital and equipment; these shares convey almost no benefits but their current holders declined a 2002 buy-out offer by Amtrak.

Amtrak employs nearly 19,000 people. It operates passenger service on 21000 mi (33796.2 km) of track primarily owned by freight railroads connecting 500 destinations in 46 states and three Canadian provinces. In fiscal year 2008, Amtrak served 28.7 million passengers, representing six straight years of record ridership. Despite this recent growth, the United States still has one of the lowest inter-city rail usages in the developed world.

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