Amtrak Cascades saw record ridership growth in the past three months, based largely on people vacationing closer to home, a spokeswoman said Wednesday.
Adding a second round-trip train between Portland and Vancouver, B.C., didn’t hurt either, said Vickie Sheehan, a spokeswoman for the Washington State Department of Transportation.
“With the economy the way it is, people are taking shorter, closer trips,” Sheehan said.
Close to 24,000 riders got on and off in Tacoma in April, May and June, helping the train service record its highest second-quarter totals since 1994, Sheehan said. Overall, the train service saw close to 215,000 passengers in that time period, a 12 percent gain over the second quarter of 2009.
Total ridership for the year is up 17 percent due largely to the additional service to and from Vancouver and this year’s Olympics, Sheehan said.