Train travel on the upswing in Michigan, U.S.

November 13, 2013

If the train has seemed crowded lately, you are right.

Amtrak’s U.S. ridership soared to a record 31.6 million passengers between Oct. 1, 2012, and Sept. 30, 2013. Its Michigan trains also did well, with 804,697 passengers on the Wolverine, Blue Water and Pere Marquette lines.

The popular Wolverine line between Pontiac and Chicago (stopping in Detroit, Dearborn, Ann Arbor and other southern Michigan cities) had 509,100 riders, up 5.2%. Its ticket revenue rose 9.2%… [Ridership on the] Blue Water line from Port Huron to Chicago [was up slightly while the] smaller Pere Marquette line from Grand Rapids [fell 4.4%].

Ridership on Amtrak has soared about 41% in the past decade.

From the Detroit Free Press: Travel smart: Train travel on the upswing in Michigan, U.S.

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