Salem-Portland run Amtrak's fastest growing route

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

Last year, The Oregonian reports (http://bit.ly/ysEUQt ), daily ridership between Salem and Portland on Amtrak jumped more than 22 percent, totaling 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 minutes, a fast and cheap mass transit option.

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

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Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com