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The sustained growth in rail passenger travel in Illinois over the past six years and the phenomenal response to the added frequencies, along with ballooning fuel costs, are strong indicators of the importance of the rail mode for maintaining balance in our transportation system. These trends demonstrate the need for more investments in passenger rail, and enhance the convenience and efficiency of train travel in Illinois. Providing more travel choices, increasing capacity and improving train performance will continue to generate substantial increases in ridership for both state-sponsored and Amtrak system trains in the foreseeable future. The table provides ridership figures for all state trains over the past six years.


State of Illinois Supported Amtrak Ridership* Amtrak Ridership Increases
  Service Corridor   2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2006 vs. 2011 2010 vs. 2011
Hiawatha (CHI-MIL) 561,747 585,710 691,897 753,199 771,200 815,396 45.2% 5.7%
Lincoln    (CHI-STL) 133,036 230,179 325,550 360,111 394,993 412,593 210.1% 4.5%
Illini/Saluki (CHI-CDL) 134,531 202,109 263,246 266,090 259,021 299,462 122.6% 15.6%
Zephyr/Sandburg (CHI-QCY) 118,502 155,136 194,024 205,824 205,906 222,419 87.7% 8.0%
  Total Ridership   947,816 1,173,134 1,474,717 1,585,224 1,631,120 1,749,870 84.6% 7.3%
*Excludes Amtrak national corridor train ridership in Illinois not subsidized with state funds.


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Travel Amtrak midweek for best prices. Amtrak's routes from Chicago to St. Louis, Milwaukee, Carbondale, and Quincy, combined with Thruway buses, connect 35 Illinois cities. From Chicago you can get to over 500 cities Amtrak serves.

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