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Amtrak ridership up nationwide and in the Northwest

Post by John Gillie / The News Tribune on Oct. 30, 2007 at 3:54 pm |
October 30, 2007 3:54 pm

Despite equipment problems that sidelined Amtrak’s Spanish-designed Talgo trains in the Northwest from August through late October, ridership grew 7.4 percent in the last year, Amtrak reports.

The rail passenger service’s Cascades trains, which provides rail service in the corridor from Eugene, Ore., to Vancouver, B.C., grew for the eighth consecutive year.

Cascades trains carried 674,000 passengers in the fiscal year that stretches from Oct. 1 to Sept. 30, the rail passenger service said. Tacoma was the second busiest station for Amtrak in Washington with more than 100,000 passengers. Seattle was first with nearly 600,000.

Nationwide, Amtrak ridership reached 25,847,531, the fifth straight year of increasing traffic.

Amtrak took the Cascades’ Talgo equipment out of service in August because an inspection showed small cracks in the trains’ suspension system. Those cracks were repaired and all five Talgo trains returned to service last week. In the interim, Amtrak substituted slower, older trains for the Talgo equipment.

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