Amtrak Serves Up New Pilot Programs in Time for Thanksgiving

November 17, 2015

Chelsea Kopta

Amtrak Contact

202 906.3860

Passengers in select areas can bring pets and bikes on board

WASHINGTON – Amtrak is preparing to make the busy Thanksgiving travel experience more enjoyable for passengers than ever with new, enhanced services and adventures unique to rail travel. Amtrak is now offering, on a pilot basis and just in time for Thanksgiving, the ability to bring pets and bikes onboard. In addition, Amtrak is offering its customers traveling in the Northeast Corridor a new digital newsroom for business and first class passengers.

During the busiest week, which stretches from Tuesday, Nov. 24 through Monday, Nov. 30, Amtrak expects to accommodate more than three quarters of a million customers. These services highlight why Amtrak is the smarter way to travel to your Thanksgiving celebrations:

Pets on Trains (Pilot Program):

Amtrak is offering more passengers the convenience of carrying-on their small cats or dogs onboard all Northeast Regional trains as well as Downeaster. Tickets are limited, so passengers are encouraged to plan ahead and book tickets early for the best availability.

Free access to Digital Newspapers (Pilot Program):

Amtrak Business and First class passengers on all Northeast Corridor and eastern route trains will have free unlimited access to The Washington Post digital newspaper, normally available only by paid subscription, via Amtrak’s free on-board Wi-Fi, Amtrak Connect®. Whether traveling for business or pleasure, this free access will help you stay connected to the latest business, sports and entertainment news.

ClubAcela Day-Pass (Pilot Program)

Northeast Regional Business Class and Acela Express passengers now have the opportunity to purchase a same-day pass for access to ClubAcela in Philadelphia and Boston.  For $20 enjoy priority boarding, comfortable seating and complimentary refreshments.

Bring your Bikes Onboard (Pilot Program):

Amtrak now also offers “walk-up” bike service on select routes outside of the Northeast Corridor to provide cyclists with a multi-modal travel option without the hassles of driving or parking. Equipment and loading procedures vary. Space is limited and reservations are required.

2+2 = Free:

Don’t hesitate to bring your pies, pumpkins and cozy sweaters – Amtrak has the largest allowance for free baggage in the travel industry. Passengers can bring two bags and two carry-ons for free! Amtrak’s friendly Red Caps are also available to provide baggage-handling assistance at many major stations. We also encourage customers who are carrying multiple bags to use the elevator whenever possible for safety and convenience during the holiday rush.

Travel to 500 Destinations:

No matter where you’re headed for Thanksgiving dinner this year, Amtrak’s extensive rail network connects you to more than 500 destinations. The possibilities for new adventures and stories are infinite. Share your #AmtrakStories with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Room to Roam:

Before the Turkey Day festivities begin, treat yourself and your family to spacious and comfortable seating, free Wi-Fi, the café car and enjoy many other amenities onboard the train.

Affordable Travel:

Passengers are encouraged to take advantage of special deals and promotions including discounts for AAA members, students, military, seniors, children (ages 12 and under get 50% off) and more.

Know your Perks:

Have you signed up for Amtrak Guest Rewards®? Earn points when you ride and participate with our partners, then redeem them for valuable rewards like free Amtrak travel and more. Visit to join.

About Amtrak®

Amtrak – America’s Railroad® – is dedicated to safe and reliable mobility as the nation’s intercity passenger rail service provider and its high-speed rail operator. With our state and commuter partners, we move people, the economy and the nation forward, carrying more than 30 million Amtrak passengers for each of the past five years. Formally known as the National Railroad Passenger Corporation, Amtrak is governed by a nine member board of directors appointed by the President of the United States and confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Anthony R. Coscia is board chairman and Jeffrey R. Moreland is vice chairman. Amtrak operates more than 300 trains daily – at speeds up to 150 mph (241 kph) – connecting more than 500 destinations in 46 states, the District of Columbia and three Canadian Provinces. Learn more at or call 800-USA-RAIL for schedules, fares and other information. Check us out at, Like us on and Follow us on Twitter @Amtrak.