Charleston, West Virginia’s Amtrak Cardinal line’s ridership up in 2015

December 8, 2015

By Phil Kabler, Statehouse Reporter, Charleston Gazette-Mail

Charleston’s Amtrak station experienced an increase in ridership in fiscal 2015, despite an oil train derailment in Fayette County that disrupted Cardinal service for much of February.Website Insert Perfect Answer copy

From Oct. 1, 2014, to Sept. 30, 2015, a total of 9,844 passengers boarded or de-trained at the MacCorkle Avenue station, an increase of 169 passengers, or 1.75 percent, from fiscal 2014, according to figures from the national rail passenger service.

That’s despite the Feb. 16 derailment at Mount Carbon of a CSX train carrying 107 tanker cars of Bakken Shale crude oil, which closed the CSX mainline for 11 days and forced the cancellation of a total of 10 Cardinal trains.

Charleston was one of two West Virginia stations to see an increase in ridership in 2015. Martinsburg, served by two Capitol Limited trains daily, experienced a 4.9 percent increase in ridership to 10,309 passengers.

Overall, statewide Amtrak ridership fell 2.9 percent in 2015, to 54,077 passengers, as all other stations on the Cardinal route experienced ridership declines.

Prince, serving Beckley, and Hinton each saw drops of nearly 12 percent, with 2,925 passengers at Prince and 7,506 at Hinton.

Huntington experienced a 7 percent drop in ridership, going from 11,515 to 10,706 passengers in 2015.

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