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Amtrak ridership increases

Tighter airport security and higher gas prices appear to be boosting Amtrak ridership in the Northeast, the South and Midwest.

Trains in North Carolina, Pennsylvania and New England saw double-digit jumps in ridership. Routes in the West saw the smallest increases, and trains in the Louisiana area had drops because of Hurricane Katrina.

Amtrak, which serves a daily average of 69,000 riders on 300 trains, saw total ridership increase just over 1% in fiscal year 2006, which ended Sept. 30.

“We believe that some of the security concerns, people having some difficulty with flying, have sent some people to the train,” says Amtrak spokeswoman Karina Romero. “Gas prices probably also had an impact.”

USA Today

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