Statistics from Amtrak show that ridership on the Crescent line was down over the last six months when compared to the same time period the year before.
Amtrak reported this week that the number of riders on the Crescent line was down 5.3 percent for the first six months of Fiscal Year 2013, which covers October 2012 through March 2013, when comparing it to the first six months of Fiscal Year 2012.
The Crescent stops in Toccoa twice a day on its route between New York City and New Orleans. Toccoa is one of only three stops for the Crescent in Georgia, along with Atlanta and Gainesville.
Numbers from Amtrak do show that ridership on the Crescent line last month was steady when compared to March 2012, with about 29,000 taking the train.
Overall, the Crescent’s drop in ridership from this past October to March goes against the overall trend on Amtrak.
Amtrak officials report that total ridership grew 0.9 percent in the first six months of Fiscal Year 2013 from the same time period in Fiscal Year 2012.
According to Amtrak, 26 of 45 routes posted ridership increases.
In addition, company officials say March set a record as the single best month ever in the history of Amtrak and add that expectations are to end the fiscal year at or above last year’s record of 31.2 million passengers.