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Amtrak ridership soars in Illinois

Thanks to the reader who forwarded this story from St. Louis Today.

 

On right track, Amtrak ridership soars in Illinois

By Terry Hillig

ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH

08/23/2007

Amtrak boarding
Passengers board a Chicago bound Amtrak train on Tuesday in St. Louis.
(Huy Richard Mach/P-D)

Train service between St. Louis and Chicago might just be a hit with travelers.

Passenger train ridership in the St. Louis-Chicago corridor is up more than 40 percent since October, when Amtrak added two trains to the three that already offered daily round-trip service.

Amtrak also added one train each to its Chicago-Quincy and Chicago-Carbondale corridors, and those routes also have seen big ridership gains. The expanded service was made possible when the Illinois Legislature almost doubled the state’s Amtrak funding to $24 million.

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Filed under: Amtrak, Regional USA Passenger Rail

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