ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Amtrak says it set a new ridership record for its 2010 fiscal year, carrying 28.7 million passengers and collecting $1.74 billion in ticket revenue.

Ridership overall was up 5.7 percent from last year.

Amtrak says gains were especially strong between Albany and Toronto, where ridership surged 13.8 percent to 386,430.

The Adirondack, which travels from New York City to Montreal, saw ridership climb 13.4 percent to 118,673. That’s second only to the 127,000 passengers the Adirondack carried back in 1979, in the midst of a gasoline embargo.

The Ethan Allen to Rutland, Vermont, was up 2.7 percent to 48,031.

Empire Service trains between New York City and Albany were up 6 percent to 981,241; and the Lake Shore Limited to Chicago was up 9 percent to 364,460.

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