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Amtrak posts record ridership in July

| Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, 11:42 a.m.

Amtrak said on Wednesday that it carried more than 2.9 million passengers in July, a single-month record for the railroad.

Ridership rose 4.8 percent year-to-year, driven by gains in routes that receive state subsidies, including The Pennsylvanian that runs one daily round trip between Pittsburgh and New York, Amtrak reported.

The Pennsylvanian, which provides service between Pittsburgh and Harrisburg, carried 20,960 passengers, up 7 percent from July 2012. Overall, ridership on state-supported routes increased 6.8 percent year-to-year.

Amtrak threatened this year to scrap The Pennsylvanian if state taxpayers did not help subsidize it. Amtrak sought $5.7 million from Harrisburg because a change in federal law that takes effect Oct. 1 requires the railroad to try to get states to share costs on routes of up to 750 miles. Gov. Tom Corbett agreed in March to contribute $3.8 million a year.

The other route that runs through Pittsburgh, the federally funded Capitol Limited between Chicago and Washington, carried 23,195 passengers, up 7.2 percent.

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