SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (CBS) — More Illinoisans are letting someone else do the driving.
WBBM Newsradio’s Dave Dahl reports Amtrak provides service from Chicago to St. Louis, and several college towns in Illinois, including Champaign-Urbana, Carbondale, Bloomington-Normal, and Macomb – and those rides have proven popular.
“Chicago-Carbondale is an all-time high. Chicago-St Louis is an all-time high,” said Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari. “In large part, that’s because driving is just so miserable. Whether it’s the cost of fuel, or the cost of tolls, or the cost of parking; a lot of people are looking for better options, and in lots of parts of Illinois, Amtrak’s a much better option than driving.”