For 18 consecutive months, AMTRAK ridership has seen growth over the previous year, according to a recent news release. Total ridership on all trains in April 2011 was close to 2.7 million passengers, increasing 9.9% over April 2010. Locally, the Washington to Newport News corridor saw 25% growth, increasing from 43,129 passengers in April 2010 to 53,900 passengers in April 2011. Looking at the AMTRAK fiscal year, which runs from October-September, national AMTRAK ridership is on track to set a new annual record. This is likely due to high gasoline prices and improvement in the economy, particularly reflected in growth in business travel on the northeast high-speed train network.