Tim Landis in the State Journal-Register in Springfield, Ill reports the latest Amtrak numbers. Mostly good news. Landis’ column is an excellent regional business roundup, including some local airline news. One thing that makes conventional fast trains attractive for Springfield is the lack of good air service.
AMTRAK ridership continues to increase on two of three routes in Illinois, but not by the double-digit rates of last year, when gasoline hit $4 per gallon.
Figures for the first seven months of the federal fiscal year October through April show 315,482 passengers on the Chicago-St. Louis route, up 6 percent; 133,486 on the Chicago-Quincy line, up 4 percent; and 172,464 on the Carbondale-Chicago route, down 1 percent.