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October 14, 2013 at 3:27 PM

Amtrak ridership is down in the Northwest–is Bolt Bus to blame?

The newly restored King Street Station in Seattle (Photo: JOHN LOK/THE SEATTLE TIMES)

The recently restored King Street Station in Seattle (Photo: JOHN LOK/THE SEATTLE TIMES)

Have you seen our beautifully restored King Street Station yet? With such a stunning gateway to our city, you might think folks are clamoring to take Amtrak more than ever.

You’d be wrong.

Ridership on Amtrak’s Cascade route dropped 4  percent in the 2013 fiscal year, according to numbers released Monday by the company.

In 2013, 811,692 passengers boarded a train along the Cascades route, which runs between Vancouver, B.C., and Eugene, Ore.  That’s a decline of more than 33,000 passengers from 2012.

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