November 1, 2013 Amtrak Says Book Early for Thanksgiving Travel

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Extra trains, added capacity on routes around the U.S.

WASHINGTON – Amtrak is encouraging Thanksgiving travelers to plan ahead and book their tickets early for best availability and pricing.

The holiday is the busiest travel week of the year, and to accommodate the expected surge of riders, America’s Railroad® will operate every available passenger rail car in its fleet and is scheduling extra trains and adding capacity on routes in the Northeast, Midwest and the West Coast.

In addition, special Thanksgiving Holiday Timetables are now available online for the Northeast Corridor, Keystone, Empire and Michigan services. These expanded versions of the timetables for the first time offer day-by-day schedules to make it easier for passengers to find trains for a specific day of travel. This year is also the first Thanksgiving for the new Norfolk, Va., service.

The busiest travel days are the Tuesday and Wednesday before Thanksgiving and the Sunday after the holiday. Other than Thanksgiving Day, morning trains typically have more available seats than those in the afternoon and evening.

Amtrak carried a record 737,537 passengers during the 2012 Thanksgiving travel period, up 1.9 percent over the previous year and the prior record set in 2011.

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