Amtrak Ridership Surges

11/13/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Amtrak ridership topped 1 million passengers in the past year for the first time in at least three decades on routes between Chicago and Downstate cities, the railroad reported today.

In addition, Amtrak trains between Chicago and Milwaukee carried about 750,000 riders, a 25 percent increase from a year earlier.

The surging ridership numbers, the product of high gasoline prices and drivers' frustration with traffic congestion, leave little guesswork as to why Amtrak trains are often sold out, especially on weekends.

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