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Atlantic City run is big winner

It’s nice to see that big Amtrak investment work out. Graham Claytor made few mistakes, but betting the ranch on Atlantic City was an error. Sadly, Amtrak is on such an unreasonably tight chain, there is no tolerance for any mistakes.

Anyway, here is the latest from the Press of Atlantic City.

NJ Transit’s Atlantic City Rail Line set another record for passenger trips during fiscal year 2007, breaking the previous fiscal year record by about 100,000 passenger trips.

Passengers took about 1.3 million trips on the line that stretches between the Atlantic City Rail Terminal and 30th Street Station in Philadelphia.

This marked the fourth consecutive year the line posted a ridership record, in part because of more marketing campaigns, partnerships with casinos to provide promotional incentives and targeting of some groups in Philadelphia who enjoy going to the gaming halls, NJ Transit spokesman Dan Stessel said.

Also helping ridership is that riders are getting to and from their destinations more comfortably: NJ Transit has completed a year-long transition of replacing its Comet 3 passenger cars – which were built in 1990 – with more comfortable and mechanically reliable Comet 4 passenger cars, which were built around 1996. The Comet 4 cars came from other NJ Transit lines that got newer cars, such as the deluxe bi-level coaches running on the Northeast Corridor Line between Trenton and New York City.

Filed under: Regional USA Passenger Rail

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