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Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

U.S. government-run railway corporation, 1971, contraction of American Track. Also is known as National Railway Passenger Corp.


n. (context military English)A class of amphibious vehicles introduced in World War II.


The National Railroad Passenger Corporation, doing business asAmtrak , is a passenger railroad service that provides medium- and long-distance intercity service in the contiguous United States. Founded in 1971 to take over most of the remaining U.S. passenger rail services, it is partially government-funded yet operated and managed as a for-profit corporation.

Amtrak serves more than 500 destinations in 46 states and three Canadian provinces, operating more than 300 trains each day over of track. Some track sections allow trains to run as fast as . In fiscal year 2015, Amtrak served 30.8 million passengers and had $2.185 billion in revenue, while employing more than 20,000 people. Nearly two-thirds of passengers come from the 10 largest metropolitan areas; 83% of passengers travel on routes shorter than . Its headquarters is at Union Station in Washington, D.C.

The name "Amtrak" is a portmanteau of the words "America" and "trak", the latter itself a sensational spelling of "track".

Amtrak (disambiguation)

Amtrak is the government-owned passenger train system in the United States.

Amtrak may also refer to:

  • Amtrak California, the brand name given to state-sponsored Amtrak routes in California
  • Amtrak Express Parcels, a parcel delivery company in the United Kingdom
  • The Amtrak Wars, a series of science fiction novels written by Patrick Tilley
  • Landing Vehicle Tracked, an amphibious military vehicle widely known as an amtrac or amtrack

Usage examples of "amtrak".

She had intended to call from the Amtrak station, but this was better.

She studied them as she walked down the staircase to the Amtrak waiting area.

Like Metrorail, Tri-Rail and Amtrak, the bullet train would never have attracted the promised passengers.

He called the Amtrak claims office in Los Angeles, and told the man who answered who he was, what he needed, and why he needed it.

He told Kennedy about the Amtrak being stopped that night at the place where the body was left, and about what St.

He pulled his hat lower over his ears, and hurried across the sidewalk to the Amtrak office.

He had an appointment with Roland Dockery, who was the person in the Amtrak bureaucracy stuck with handling such nondescript problems as Leaphorn represented.

Probably they had been purchased as gifts at the Amtrak station in Albuquerque, where such things were sold beside the track.

Mars on a spaceship or sitting in an Amtrak train from New York to Los Angeles.

The President stood on the Air Force One side of the Starsuite and waved away further information on the Amtrak wreck after he heard that casualties appeared to be light.

If not, the big Amtraks that ran up to Albany and Canada might stop there.

In the air-conditioned comfort of the Amtrak Levitrain, he was fast asleep and dreaming of books that sang to their readers.

Jake's mind flashed back to his Final Essay, with the picture of the Amtrak train on the title-page and the words choo-choo written over and over again inside.

He routinely eschewed the unpleasant cattle-car atmosphere of the air shuttles, preferring the kind of space, relaxation and pampering possible only in the Amtrak Club Car.

She cleaned out her boyfriend's bank account and grabbed the Amtrak to West Palm, where she found a cheap duplex apartment.