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Midstate lines help Amtrak set passenger record

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Amtrak's Keystone line that runs between Harrisburg and New York by way of Philadelphia continues to be its third-largest state-supported passenger rail service.

Ridership in July was 123,874, which was up 4.4 percent compared to the same month a year ago.

For the first 10 months of its fiscal year, Amtrak said the Keystone service has seen more than 1.2 million riders. That is up 3.8 percent compared with the figures through July 2012.

The Keystone service trails only the Pacific Surfliner and Capitol Corridor service lines in California. Those lines posted year-to-date ridership of 2.2 million and 1.4 million, respectively, according to Amtrak.

Meanwhile, the Pennsylvanian service — a line that runs through Pittsburgh and New York City, traveling through Harrisburg and Philadelphia — posted July ridership of 20,960. That was up 7 percent from July 2012, according to Amtrak.

Year-to-date ridership was 181,402, up 3 percent over 2012.

Across all Amtrak lines, ridership is up 1.1 percent compared with the first 10 months of 2012. Nearly 26.3 million riders have used Amtrak service through July. And July was a record month with more than 2.9 million riders, which was an increase of 4.8 percent for the month.

Amtrak said it is on pace to meet or exceed last year's annual ridership record of 31.2 million passengers.

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