Nearly 5.2 million people boarded and disembarked from Amtrak trains in Illinois in the year ending Sept. 30, contributing to record ridership nationally. The nation's passenger railroad network announced Monday it carried 31.6 million riders during the 2013 federal budget year. That marked the highest annual ridership in the railroad's history. In Illinois, the top five busiest stations were Chicago, Bloomington-Normal, Springfield, Champaign-Urbana and Carbondale. Chicago was by far the busiest with 3.5 million passengers getting on and off Amtrak trains in the city. Bloomington-Normal was second, with more than 263,000 travelers getting on and off there. Springfield followed with about 202,000 passengers arriving and departing. Champaign-Urbana saw about 191,000 arrivals and departures. Carbondale saw about 136,000.
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