Missouri Sees Increase in Amtrak Ridership
Missouri transportation officials say this year's spike in Amtrak ridership continued to rise from July through October.
The Jefferson City News Tribune reports the state Department of Transportation found a 5 percent growth in the number of Amtrak riders on the twice-daily trains at the Jefferson City station. The department counted nearly 13,950 riders this year, compared to about 13,330 riders last year.
Officials believe the new trend may be a result of increased gas prices and successful summer promotions attracting new riders.
Past years showed a decline in ridership. Officials attributed the drop to low gas prices and delays during the construction of a high-speed rail service to Chicago.
Railroad administrators say the $2 billion high-speed rail project is nearly complete. They expect good news to continue about increased ridership and satisfaction.