November 15, 2016 Amtrak Ready for Thanksgiving Travel

Kimberly Woods

Amtrak Contact

202 906.3860

Pets, bikes welcome on select trains in Virginia, Northeast

WASHINGTON – The Thanksgiving travel season will soon be under way and Amtrak and the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) are prepared to accommodate additional customers traveling on the Northeast Regional during the busiest travel week of the year.

The Northeast Regional provides a same-seat trip from Norfolk, Newport News, Petersburg, Richmond, Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia and cities as far north as Boston.

Travel tips will help ensure a hassle-free experience:

  • Book Early: Customers may purchase tickets on, Amtrak mobile apps, or by calling 800-USA-RAIL. Regular Amtrak booking and ticketing procedures apply.
  • 2+2 = Free: Customers may bring two bags and two carry-ons, collectively weighing up to 150 pounds.
  • Arrive Early: Allow plenty of time at stations prior to departure. Arrange for pre-boarding if you need extra time or assistance.
  • Check Train Schedules: Make sure to check holiday train schedules prior to arriving at the station with a helpful, online-only timetable provided by Amtrak.
  • Carry Photo ID: Make sure to carry valid photo ID at all times, as it may be requested aboard trains.
  • Be Safe: Be aware of your surroundings, stand back from the edge of the platform, do not leave your bags unattended and watch your step when boarding or leaving the train or when walking between cars when the train is in motion.
  • If you see something, say something: Report any suspicious activity or unattended items to an Amtrak employee or member of the Amtrak Police Department at (800) 331-0008, by calling 911, or by sending a text to APD11 from a smartphone, or to 27311 from a standard cell phone.
  • All Aboard Pets: Amtrak welcomes cats and dogs weighing 20 pounds or less for only $25. Make sure to bring the appropriate carrier. Some restrictions apply.
  • Bring your Bike: When you travel, reserve a space for your bike on select Amtrak routes. Some restrictions apply.

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 six years. Formally known as the National Railroad Passenger Corporation, Amtrak is governed by a 10-member board of directors, nine of whom are appointed by the President of the United States plus the Amtrak CEO. 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.

About the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation
The mission of DRPT is to facilitate and improve the mobility of the citizens of Virginia and to promote the efficient transport of goods and people in a safe, reliable and cost-effective manner. More information on DRPT’s passenger rail programs can be found online at: