Amtrak to Share Ridership Data With Transit Agency

Amtrak will share ridership data to and from its station in Macomb, Illinois, with the McDonough County Public Transportation so the transit agency can better plan Sunday service to the Amtrak station.

MCPT director Nate Cobb said his agency needs those numbers because he has been overestimating how many passengers would need rides once they arrived in Macomb.

That has led to situations in which the agency sent two buses to pick up arriving passengers, most of them students at Western Illinois University, but only a handful of them needed transportation.

On other occasions Amtrak increased capacity of its trains serving Macomb and more bus capacity was needed.

Cobb said he has learned to watch Amtrak fares as a rough gauge as to how many passengers will be arriving and need transportation.

Macomb is served by the Chicago-Quincy Illinois Zephyr and Carl Sandburg.

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