HUTCHINSON, Kan. — Despite still being plagued by staffing and equipment shortages, ridership aboard Amtrak's Southwest Chief increased in the month of June.
Figures released by Amtrak show that 26,600 passengers used the “Chief” in June. That compares to 19,200 in May. Total ridership for the fiscal year is 154,300. The June numbers reflect the first full month that Amtrak restored daily service to the “Chief” after cutting back to five days per week due to staffing issues.
Amtrak recently celebrated the complete renovation of the Hutchinson train station as part of a nationwide effort to make stations more ADA friendly. About 4,000 Amtrak passengers use the Hutchinson train station each year.