Amtrak ridership up along northeast corridor

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Amtrak ridership is up across the nation with mixed results along the northeast corridor.

The high speed Acela Express saw a 7.4 percent jump, to nearly 250,000 riders, while ridership ticked down a bit on the Northeast regional line.

Amtrak is seeing its 15th straight month of increased ridership, crediting the return of business travel along the northeast corridor and the introduction of Wi-Fi on Acela trains.

Amtrak has also put forth a budget that includes funding for at least two Acela coach cars to the northeast corridor and for improvements to rail lines between Washington D.C. and Boston. If funding is approved, the new Acela cars could be ready for passengers by 2014.

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