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Amtrak ridership in Vt. up 4 percent last year

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MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Federal officials say ridership on Vermont's two Amtrak trains was up 4 percent last year to a total of just over 137,000 riders.

Amtrak's William Hollister released the figures Wednesday during a meeting with the Vermont House Transportation Committee.

Of those riders, about 81,000 were on the Amtrak Vermonter, which runs up the Connecticut River valley before crossing the state and ending in St. Albans.

The Ethan Allen Express, which runs from New York to Rutland, had just over 53,000 riders in fiscal 2013.

After the meeting, Chris Cole of the Vermont Transportation Agency says officials are readying an application for federal money to upgrade the last 11-mile stretch of tracks between Rutland and Burlington, clearing the way to restore Amtrak service to the western side of the state.

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