AmtrakAmtrak set an annual ridership record of 28.7 million passengers for the fiscal year ended September 30. That's 5.7% more than in fiscal 2009.

Ticket revenue rose 9% to $1.74 billion, Amtrak said in a statement.

High gasoline prices and an improved economy helped buoy results, Amtrak said.

"More and more people see passenger rail as a way to get to where they need to go," said CEO Joseph Boardman.

Amtrak ridership has risen by nearly 37% since fiscal 2000.

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