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Amtrak Ridership Remains Strong, Despite Economy

Ridership and revenue on Vermont’s Amtrak service is higher than the annual projection, saving the state a significant amount of money. In recent months, the Ethan Allen saw a 14 percent increase in ridership and the Vermonter increased by 27 percent.

Amtrak and the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing have also announced the “Downtowns by Rail” program. Amtrak Vermonter passengers are now eligible to receive discounted ticket prices for the rest of 2009 when traveling between any two on-route Vermont communities. Nine of the 22 “Designated Downtown” communities are located along the railway and will be offering special lodging and accommodation packages for passengers to showcase Vermont’s charming historical towns. For more information, visit Downtown Vermont by Rail.