by By Hunter R. Slaton | November 04, 2009

Last Thursday, Amtrak released its new strategic guidance and five-year financial plan to take the rail company through 2014. In a statement, Amtrak chairman Thomas Carper said ridership had increased steadily from 21.6 million passengers in 2002 to 27.2 million passengers in fiscal year 2009. New goals aim for train travel to be safer, greener and healthier, while improving Amtrak's financial performance, customer service and ability to meet national needs. Also, by early 2010, Wi-Fi will be installed on all Acela Express trains, which travel the Northeast Corridor between Boston and Washington, D.C. The service initially will be offered free of charge with the possibility of a fee structure in the future.