Illinois transportation officials are considering buying more Amtrak passenger cars for popular routes in southern parts of the state.
Illinois Department of Transportation Secretary Milt Sees says he's looking for ways to pay for train cars that would increase capacity on southern Illinois Amtrak lines.
Authorities say southern Illinois ridership has increased 15 percent from fiscal 2007. In the fiscal year ended Sept. 30, 1.1 million tickets were sold on local routes.
That's a 30-year record high.