November 1, 2017 Amtrak Schedules Extra Capacity for Pennsylvanian and Keystone Service to Prepare for Thanksgiving Travel

Reservations required during Thanksgiving Week

WILMINGTON – In anticipation of the busiest travel week of the year, Amtrak is accommodating the surge of holiday travelers with increased capacity on the Keystone Service (New York – Philadelphia – Harrisburg corridor) Nov. 25 – Nov. 26 as well as the Pennsylvanian (New York – Philadelphia – Pittsburgh). All Pennsylvanian and Keystone Service trains require reservations from Nov. 20 – Nov. 26.

Throughout the national network, Amtrak will operate every available passenger railcar in an effort to connect customers with friends and loved ones for the holiday. Tickets sell out quickly, so customers are encouraged to plan ahead and book tickets early.

Additionally, this Thanksgiving, some customers may have the opportunity to travel in newly-refurbished train cars as Amtrak is investing in a nearly $17 million refresh of its train interiors. Several services, including both the Pennsylvanian and Keystone Service, are undergoing a series of phased improvements including new seat cushions, carpeting, curtains and updated restrooms to provide a more modern, comfortable experience on board.

Last year, Amtrak transported 760,755 customers throughout its national network during the Thanksgiving travel period. Similar customer counts are anticipated this year.

Tips to ensure a smooth trip:

  • Purchasing Tickets: Travelers can purchase tickets using the refreshed com site, at Quik-TrakSM ticket kiosks, ticket windows at staffed stations (where available), Amtrak mobile apps, or 800-USA-RAIL.
  • Avoid the Rush, Arrive Early: The busiest travel days are the Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday of Thanksgiving week. Morning trains typically have more availability. Customers are encouraged to arrive 45 minutes before departure, especially if picking up tickets.
  • Enhanced Experience: Trains feature free Wi-Fi, the freedom to always use electronic devices (no “airplane mode”), large spacious seats, ample leg room and no middle seat.
  • 2+2 = Free: Amtrak has the friendliest baggage policy in the travel industry. Customers can bring two bags and two carry-ons, up to 150 pounds collectively, for free!
  • Check Train Schedules: Check holiday train schedules and status before arriving at the station on com, Track Your Train (on, or Amtrak mobile apps.
  • Carry Photo ID: Customers are required to show travel documents and valid photo identification at all times aboard trains.
  • Safety First: 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.

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Beth Toll

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