Amtrak Illinois ridership down, still strong at 30.8 million nationwide

December 23, 2015

By Doug Wilson, Herald-Whig

Posted: Dec. 18, 2015
CHICAGO — Amtrak reported a slight drop in its nationwide passenger count for fiscal 2015, and Illinois routes also saw lower passenger numbers.
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Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari said 46,006 passengers arrived or departed from the Quincy depot in the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, down from 47,185 in fiscal 2014.
“That’s down a little bit, but it’s not a big decrease,” Magliari said.
Amtrak announced Monday that 30.8 million ticketholders took trains during the 12 months that ended in September. That’s down from the record 30.9 million passengers reported the previous year.
“This year’s financial results show the resiliency of a company that faced a range of challenges and underscored the loyalty of our customers even during a period of low gas prices,” said Tony Coscia, chairman of the Amtrak Board.
In addition to low fuel prices, which have prompted some people to drive, Coscia said problems with tracks and tunnels in the heavily traveled Northeast corridor could have led to the ridership decline.

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