Amtrak passenger numbers set new record

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Citing an improving economy and high fuel prices as factors, Joseph Boardman, president and CEO of Amtrak, said ridership on their trains has grown 4.3 percent during the first half of 2010. That’s about 100,000 more passengers than 2 years ago, an equivalent of 13.6 million passengers.

Amtrak says it saw growth in its northeast corridor, particularly its high-speed Acela Express service, as well as long-distance routes, including service between Chicago and New Orleans, and New Orleans and Los Angeles.