LYNCHBURG; Va. — In the worst economy in 80 years, business is booming for Amtrak and riders in Lynchburg are playing a role.
Amtrak says 2008 was its best year for riders and revenue; 2010 is on track to be even better.
Amtrak added the Northeast Regional Service at the Lynchburg train station on Kemper Street last October and ticket sales have been so good, Amtrak officials almost giddy.
At Lynchburg's Chamber of Commerce breakfast Wednesday morning, Amtrak officials gave an update on the Lynchburg train.
In under one year, since opening in October, the Lynchburg station saw more than 100,000 riders. That's 163 percent higher than projected. The station also took in $6.3 million in revenue. That is 151 percent higher than projected.
"It is kind of taxing on our staff because of the number of passengers we service on a daily basis, but it's a good kind of problem to have and we are excited about it!" said Amtrak station manager Michael Jerew.