Amtrak posts gains in riders and revenues Amtrak rolled up increases in both ridership and revenues in this year's first four months. Ridership was up 3.4% over the corresponding period last year, to more than seven million customers. Revenues reached $638 million, an 8% improvement. Mail and Express was the railroad's star performer, with business up 35% to $40 million. Among the long-distance trains reporting improved business were the New York-Chicago Three Rivers, with ridership up 10%; the Chicago-New Orleans City of New Orleans, up 8%; and the Chicago-San Antonio-Los Angeles Texas Eagle, up 11%. In the corridors, ridership was up 38% on the Capitols (Sacramento-San Jose-Oakland); 18% on the Cascades (Eugene-Portland-Seattle-Vancouver); and 4% on the Metroliners (New York-Washington). Amtrak said that on the Boston-New York-Washington Acela Regional trains which it introduced Jan. 31, ridership was 33% higher than on the trains they replaced. ------------------ When in doubt, empty your magazine.