Saturday, February 24, 2007

Good article on Michigan Amtrak ridership rising fast

The Detroit News put together a good article with a great interactive section that celebrates Michigan's spike in ridership.

The article is here.

And the interactive section is here.

Some of the choice parts:

Buoyed by passengers like Williams -- who endure frequent delays for the train's comfort and typically competitive fares -- Amtrak's popularity in Michigan is soaring. State ridership, which hit a record last year of nearly 665,000, has jumped 47 percent since 2002 -- far outpacing the nationwide increase of 12 percent.
With ridership going up that much, it's time to expand service in Michigan. The State of Michigan should pay more money to buy more round-trips, and the Congress should buy a ton of new trainsets and upgrade tracks.


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