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Employees at the Galesburg Amtrak Station said as gas prices started to climb, more drivers than usual began warming up to the idea of passenger rail service.

"It cost me $108 to go from Nebraska to Galesburg," said Dave Jones about riding the Amtrak, "and I would spend at least three tanks of gas at $45 a tank. I don't know math but I know that it's cheaper on Amtrak."

A couple of passengers from Muscatine, Iowa were headed all the way to the East Coast on Monday.

They said they were pleased they didn't have to get behind the wheel of a car.

"We all know gas is going to go up instead of down," said Nick Ratcliff.

"We go to the NCAA wrestling tournament every year and if we can take the train we take the train, and we're going to Philadelphia so we're taking the train."

Knox College student James Zumwalt doesn't own a car and won't buy one because of the cost of fuel.

He told KWQC that traveling by train is his only option;

"It wouldn't really be affordable for me otherwise. Because the whole cost of owning a car these days as a college student is pretty insurmountable."

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