View Full Version : Amtrak increases ridership by 11 percent

07-24-2006, 02:20 PM
From the Illinois e-news summaries.

07/21/06 - Illinois Governor Blagojevich announces nearly 1 million passengers take state-sponsored trains during record setting FY 2006
Partnership with Amtrak increases ridership by 11 percent; All routes post gains as gasoline prices climb

"SPRINGFIELD - Governor Rod R. Blagojevich announced today that a record number of passengers took Amtrak trains under contract with the Illinois Department of Transportation in Fiscal Year 2006. In total, 955,529 passengers rode state-sponsored trains, up more than 11 percent from last year and for a second year in a row all state-sponsored routes set ridership records."

"The Chicago-Milwaukee service, or the Hiawathas, had an increase to total 569,460 passengers, up by 13.2 percent from last year’s 494,075. The Hiawathas, run by Amtrak, are sponsored by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation and IDOT."