Amtrak Michigan line sets ridership record

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PORT HURON, Mich. Amtrak says a record number of passengers rode its line from Port Huron to Chicago last year while ridership on other Michigan lines declined.

The Lansing State Journal reports (http://on.lsj.com/1zAHh28 ) the rail service said Monday the Blue Line carried about 190,200 passengers for the budget year that ended Sept. 30. That's 125 more than the previous year.

The Blue Line was the only Michigan-based line to have more riders. Ridership on the Wolverine line from Pontiac to Chicago fell 6 percent to about 477,000. The Pere Marquette line from Grand Rapids to Chicago had a 3 percent drop to about 101,000.

Amtrak says ridership was up less than 1 percent nationally. It says delays from harsh weather and aging infrastructure hindered growth.