Amtrak Cascades Continues with Record Ridership Growth in 2010

SEATTLE – Amtrak Cascades has taken 2010 by storm with double-digit ridership growth and record breaking totals each month this year.

The second quarter of 2010 finished as the highest second quarter since 1994 with a total of 214,641 passengers. Compared to the second quarter of 2009, this is an increase of over 25,000 and nearly 12 percent. The first quarter of 2010 also had record ridership with an increase of nearly 34,000 riders over 2009.

“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.”

Total ridership on Amtrak Cascades year to date is 398,414 through June 30. That represents a 17.3 percent increase over 2009. A portion of the ridership growth is due to the additional service to and from Vancouver, B.C. that began in August 2009 and the 2010 Olympic Games that were held in Vancouver, B.C. in February & March. But the additional growth has also come from record breaking months in April, May, and June as well.

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. Amtrak Cascades is operated by Amtrak in partnership with the Washington and Oregon Departments of Transportation. For Amtrak Cascades fares and schedules, visit AmtrakCascades.com.