The State-Amtrak Intercity Passenger Rail Committee (SAIPRC) is a multi-agency body whose members include 21 agencies in 18 states, Amtrak, and the Federal Railroad Administration.
SAIPRC is directed by Congress to facilitate collaboration among its members and to oversee implementation of a standard cost-sharing methodology for the State-Supported Intercity Passenger Rail Services across the country.
By working together, SAIPRC’s members aim to improve the intercity passenger rail network—to support the growing demand for rail travel and to encourage economic growth.
State-Supported Intercity Passenger Rail Services
State-Supported Intercity Passenger Rail (IPR) Services are Amtrak routes 750 miles or less outside the Northeast Corridor (which runs from Boston to Washington). Per federal statute, states are responsible for funding the costs of each state-supported route. Altogether, the 29 State-Supported IPR Services carry approximately one-half of all Amtrak riders nationwide and represent an important and growing part of the Amtrak national network. States contribute approximately $750 million in ticket revenue and direct payments to Amtrak. Over ten years, ridership on the State-Supported IPR Services has grown by 25%.