East Lansing’s Amtrak Ridership is Up in a Down Economy

From The Lansing State Journal

According to statistics recently released by the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), East Lansing ridership on Amtrak’s Blue Water line hit an all-time high in Fiscal Year 2009.

A total of 265,702 passengers used the Blue Water service in FY 2009 and, of that
total, 50,953 passengers boarded or deboarded in East Lansing.

This equates to 19 percent of the line’s total ridership for FY 2009 (which includes boardings and deboardings in nine Michigan cities and Chicago) and equates to 39 percent of Michigan boardings and deboardings.

It also represents East Lansing’s highest overall ridership in the history of the line.
“These numbers are significant considering the past year was such a difficult time for the economy, both here in mid Michigan and nationally,” said Janet Foran, an MDOT spokesperson.