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Ridership up on Boston-to-Maine Amtrak route

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- Ridership on Amtrak's Boston-to-Maine passenger train continues to rise.

Amtrak announced Tuesday that 256,000 passengers rode the Downeaster in the first six months of the current fiscal year, from October through March. That's up nearly 5 percent over the same period last year.

Amtrak says the Downeaster had the 11th biggest percentage increase for the period among its 45 routes nationwide.

Ridership on all Amtrak trains increased about 1 percent for the first half of the 2013-14 fiscal year, with March setting a record for the single best month ever.