Amtrak Cascades ridership grows in 2nd quarter

The Bellingham Business Journal

It’s been a good year so far for Amtrak Cascades, which has seen double-digit ridership growth and record-breaking totals each month this year.

Ridership for April, May, and June recorded the highest second quarter totals since 1994, with 214,641 passengers. Compared to the second quarter of 2009, this is an increase of nearly 12 percent.

“The growth of Amtrak Cascades this year has been phenomenal and is a strong indicator of the demand for this service,” said Scott Witt, state rail and marine director. “Combined with the addition of the second train service to Vancouver, B.C., and a strong summer travel season, Amtrak Cascades is on pace to finish 2010 with the highest ridership ever.”

As of June 30, Amtrak Cascades’ total ridership for the year of was 398,414. That represents a 17.3 percent increase over 2009.

The growth in ridership is due in part to the additional service to and from Vancouver, B.C., that began in August 2009 and also in part because of the 2010 Olympic Games that were held in Vancouver, B.C., in February and March.

Amtrak Cascades operates four daily round trips between Portland and Seattle; one daily round trip between Seattle and Vancouver, B.C., and between Portland and Vancouver, B.C.; and daily service between Eugene and Seattle, via Portland.

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