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About Amtrax

Attorney Anthony Haswell laid down the foundation for the future travel medium of America in 1968, through the formation of National Association of Railroad Passengers (NARP). The group lobbied for the revival and promotion of the then dying railway transport system with the Congress, the Department of Transportation, and the Federal Railroad Administration. The lobbying resulted in the Railroad Passenger Service Act (Railpax) on October 14, 1970, followed by the incorporation of the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (NRPC) on October 30, 1970 by President Richard M. Nixon through the declaration of Public Law 91-518. These developments brought all operational private passenger train services under one roof governed by a singular committee. The original committee consisted of John Volpe as Secretary, eight members appointed by the President, and select personnel from the Federal Railroad Administration and the Department of Transportation. Most of the major railroad transportation players opted for the membership, except for four passenger train operators; Southern, Rio Grande, Rock Island, and Georgia Railroad. The organization began intercity passenger train operation under the brand name 'Amtrak', a portmanteau word formed from the words 'American' and 'Track', on May 1, 1971. The first new train added, introduced on May 10, was the New York-Buffalo-Cleveland-Chicago express, later called the 'Lake Shore Limited'. The first route operated by Amtrak was the Montrealer ' Washingtonian inaugurated on September 29, 1972 over the Maine Railroad and Canadian National Railway track. Since then, Amtrak has undertaken serving 500 passengers communities over a railroad network spanning across the nation over a route of 22,000 miles spread amongst 46 states including the some regions of Canada. Over 25 million passengers were served during the fiscal year 2004. Amtrak has employed over 19,000 people catering to more than 61.1 million passengers per year via varied commuter services.