May 21, 2018 Amtrak Ridership Increasing for Summer Travel

Customers should book early and save for trips to popular destinations

WASHINGTON – Amtrak is expecting heavy ridership as the summer season kicks off and customers head to the rails for convenient and flexible summer vacations.

Affordable fares and convenient service make Amtrak ideal for summer family travel. Customers are encouraged to book early for the best rates and as advance reservations indicate, there is an increased demand for July travel compared to last summer.

Additionally, in anticipation one of the busiest travel weeks of the year, Amtrak is expecting more than 320,000 customers over the Memorial Day week as customers plan their summer day trips, weekend getaways and longer vacations. During this time, the Northeast Regional, Acela Express, and the Pacific Surfliner have been the most popular trains to travel as customers flock to the beaches and sightsee some of the largest cities in the country.

“On Amtrak trains, customers can visit the most popular cities in the country for their summer travel, whether it’s to catch a baseball game, explore a new city, experience a summer musical festival, have an outdoor biking or hiking adventure or take it easy and relax at a beach,” said Amtrak Chief Marketing Officer Tim Griffin. “Instead of sitting in traffic to reach these destinations, sit in comfort and enjoy the journey with Amtrak.”

Amtrak has upgraded its free Wi-Fi on Northeast Corridor trains, and at select stations, has refreshed its train interiors, and offers the freedom to use phones and electronic devices at all times (no “airplane mode”), the ability to travel with small pets and bikes on many trains, a generous baggage policy, large spacious seats with ample leg room, and no middle seat.

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