AmtrakLogo older New Amtrak logo
1971–2000 2000–present


AmtrakLogo older

In 1970, Congress passed a bill to create the National Railroad Passenger Corporation. The service was initially planning to market itself as Railpax, but following concultation with the New York firm Lippincott & Margulies, the name Amtrak was chosen. It is a combination of the word "America" and "track". Lippincott also designed the logo and colors for the trains. Amtrak commenced operation on May 1, 1971.


New Amtrak logo

In 2000, Amtrak was given a new identity for the first time. The new identity was created by OH & Co.