Amtrak brings passengers, revenue to Southern Illinois

October 25, 2014

When Steve Goodman wrote “City of New Orleans” and released it in on his 1971 album, passenger trains seemed destined to become extinct…

Today, Amtrak offers service between Carbondale and Chicago on the Illini and Saluki trains, as well as serving as a stop for that old route Goodman wrote about, the City of New Orleans.

Ridership numbers from fiscal year 2013 showed that 340,741 passengers traveled that Carbondale-Chicago corridor, up 4.8 percent from the previous year. Ticket revenue was more than $9.5 million for 2013, up 3.3 percent from 2012…

Read the rest of the story at The Southern Illinoisan, 23 October 2014

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