Amtrak ridership and ticket revenues were up both in the Pacific Northwest and nationwide in fiscal year 2010, Amtrak says.
The Amtrak Cascades trains linking Eugene, Ore., with Vancouver, B.C., via several I-5 corridor cities including Tacoma showed a 13 percent ridership increase, to 836,499. Revenues were up 31.6 percent.
The Empire Builder from Seattle and Portland to Chicago saw a 3.5 percent ridership jump, to 533,493. That train’s ticket sales and other revenues were up 8.2 percent, Amtrak said.
The Coast Starlight from Seattle to Los Angeles experienced a 2.7 percent ridership gain in the fiscal year, with a 14.6 percent revenue increase.
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Nationwide, Amtrak sold 28,716,857 tickets, an increase of 5.7 percent. Overall revenues rose by 9 percent, the national passenger railway system said.
Since 2000, Amtrak ridership has shown a 37 percent increase nationwide.