More than 10,000 passengers took Amtrak to or from Charleston in fiscal year 2013 -- the highest number recorded at the station in recent years and about a 2 percent increase over fiscal year 2012.
Combined ridership at all 10 Amtrak stations in West Virginia also rose about 2 percent over fiscal year 2012, with 56,112 passengers beginning or ending their trips in the Mountain State. Seven of those stations saw increases in passenger numbers.
Amtrak announced the numbers for fiscal year 2013 on Monday, and reported a nationwide record ridership of 31.6 million passengers -- its highest ever since the railroad began operation in 1971.
Charleston was Amtrak's second-busiest station in West Virginia, with 10,038 passengers boarding and alighting at the station on MacCorkle Avenue. In fiscal year 2012, 9,799 passengers used the Charleston station, according to Amtrak statistics.
Charleston is served by Amtrak's Cardinal route, which runs between New York City and Chicago via Washington, D.C., Cincinnati and Indianapolis. The train runs three times in each direction weekly.
Huntington recorded the highest passenger numbers in the state, with 11,186 boardings and alightings. That's lower than the 11,743 passengers coming through the River City in 2012.
Rounding out the top five stations in the Mountain State were Martinsburg, with 9,331 passengers; Hinton, with 8,897 passengers; and Harpers Ferry, with 6,287 passengers. All three stations had higher numbers than fiscal year 2012.
Martinsburg and Harpers Ferry are on Amtrak's daily Capitol Limited line and are also served by MARC commuter rail. Hinton is on the Cardinal route.