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Amtrak ridership down in North Dakota

Fewer people are getting on the train at North Dakota Amtrak stations.

The train service had 103,850 boardings and alightings for Fiscal Year 2017 in North Dakota, according to a recent report released by Amtrak. That was down from Fiscal Year 2016 by about 3,000 passengers.

Statewide numbers have continued to drop in recent years -- Amtrak reported about 120,000 boardings and alightings in FY 2015, almost a 9 percent decrease from FY 2014.

Grand Forks saw a slight uptick in passengers last year, reporting 13,891 boardings and alightings. That was up nine passengers from 2016. Devils Lake added 283 passengers from FY 2016, bringing the FY 2017 year to 4,506

Williston, with 26,195 passengers, saw the greatest decrease, losing 1,867 passengers year over year. Minot, which had the most boardings and alightings in the state, had the largest jump, adding 576 passengers from FY 2016 for a total of 30,405 passengers in FY 2017.

Rugby, N.D., had the fewest boardings and alightings in the state with 4,027 passengers.

April Baumgarten

April Baumgarten joined the Grand Forks Herald May 19, 2015, and covers crime and education. She grew up on a ranch 10 miles southeast of Belfield, where her family raises registered Hereford cattle. She double majored in communications and history/political science at Jamestown (N.D.) College, now known as University of Jamestown. During her time at the college, she worked as a reporter and editor-in-chief for the university's newspaper, The Collegian. Baumgarten previously worked for The Dickinson Press as a city government and energy reporter in 2011 before becoming the editor of the Hazen Star and Center Republican. She then returned to The Press as a news editor, where she helped lead an award-winning newsroom in recording the historical oil boom.

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