Amtrak reported 1.1 million passengers on the San Joaquin line in the 2012 fiscal year. That's a 7.2% increase from 2011. Ticket sales revenue also jumped to more than $38 million-- about $3 million more than the previous year. In a projected 2013 budget, Amtrak shows an estimated loss of $5.79 for every passenger on the San Joaquin line. Amtrak says losses are typical, and only five of the country's 45 main lines make profits.
Amtrak Spokesperson Vernae Graham said, "It would be great if all of our routes were making a profit off of everything, but it's not a reality of the monies we make and what we get from Congress to operate. We work with what we get."
Amtrak says the losses will not affect service.
The San Joaquin Corridor is the 6th busiest Amtrak line in the nation.