MENDOTA — Railroad passenger travel remains on track for another record-setting year, with Thanksgiving weekend ridership also setting new records, according to Sean Jeans-Gail, a spokesman with National Association of Railroad Passengers.
The high cost of fuel, the inconvenience of air travel and cuts to services at regional airports feed passenger rail growth, and Mendota Amtrak station manager Ed Bock said the national trends are seen locally.
“Thanksgiving weekend was really crowded,” Bock said. “They usually have four cars and a diner. They had seven or eight cars and a diner then.” Continued