Amtrak Pacific Northwest Service Reports Steady Ridership Rise
SEATTLE - Amtrak ridership continued to grow for the 26th consecutive
month with more than 120,420 passenger trips in the Pacific Northwest
Rail Corridor during the first quarter of calendar year 1999
(January-March). The ridership trend represents an 8.7 percent increase
compared to the same period last year.
Amtrak and state officials attribute the continued rise in Pacific
Northwest ridership to the launch of the new Amtrak Cascades service and
the introduction of new, European-style train equipment, custom-built
for the region. Amtrak Cascades continue to rank among Amtrak's top ten
services for customer satisfaction nationwide.
Amtrak service diverted more than 6.5 million miles of traffic from
regional highways and prevented more than 151 tons of air pollution,
according to the states of Washington and Oregon, had Pacific Northwest
Amtrak customers used other means of transportation during the same
As part of Amtrak's national effort to offer consistent and competitive
customer service, Amtrak Cascades custom class will now be called
business class. Business class amenities offered to Amtrak Cascades
customers and the fare charged for the upgrade will not differ from the
current custom class service. Business class customers enjoy wider,
more comfortable seating; priority boarding and deboarding; and
complimentary snack, non-alcoholic beverage and newspaper.
The change in name better reflects the level of service offered to
Amtrak Cascades customers and is consistent with business class service
across the Amtrak system nationwide. Regular one-way adult fares
between Eugene and Seattle start as low as $29; Seattle and Portland,
$21; and Seattle and Vancouver, BC, $21. A one-way business class
upgrade for each segment listed costs $10 or less. Passengers are
encouraged to purchase tickets early to obtain lowest fares.
The Pacific Northwest Rail Corridor extends 466 miles from Eugene, Ore.
to Vancouver, BC. Corridor service is provided in partnership with the
states of Washington and Oregon. The corridor is also served by the
daily Los Angeles-Seattle Coast Starlight.
For current schedule, fare and reservation information, contact an
authorized travel agency, call Amtrak at 1-800-USA-RAIL or visit
Amtrak's World Wide Web site at
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