Salem-Portland run Amtrak’s fastest growing route



PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Amtrak is gaining in popularity among commuters who ride between Portland, Oregon City and Salem.

Last year, daily ridership between Salem and Portland on Amtrak jumped more than 22 percent to 24,146 boardings. That makes the route the rail carrier’s fastest growing West Coast corridor. The number of monthly passes also increased, by 14 percent.

The Amtrak trip from Oregon City to Portland takes only 20 minute, which makes it faster than any TriMet bus or light-rail route offered. It’s also cheaper.

Riders also like the ample parking at the state, where they can leave their vehicles for the day.