October 23, 2018 Amtrak Prepares for Influx of Customers During Thanksgiving Travel Period

Plan and avoid the rush

WASHINGTON – The Thanksgiving travel season will soon be underway and Amtrak is prepared to accommodate additional customers traveling on the Northeast Regional during the busiest travel week of the year. Tickets sell out quickly so customers are encouraged to plan and book reservations early.

Amtrak and the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation partner to provide intercity passenger rail in the Commonwealth to offer transportation choices to driving on congested highway corridors like I-81, Route 29, I-95, and Route 460.

The Amtrak Northeast Regional provides a same-seat trip from Norfolk, Newport News, Richmond, Charlottesville, Lynchburg, and Roanoke to Washington, D.C., and as far north as Boston. The trains will operate full and extended schedules with additional frequencies and added capacity during the Thanksgiving week.

With more than 500 destinations nationwide, Amtrak customers can avoid traffic and enjoy free Wi-Fi on most trains, plenty of leg room and no middle seat as they travel to visit family and friends.

Customers can now connect directly with customer service representatives via social:

  • Follow @Amtrak on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to receive the latest news including sales and updates on new offerings.
  • We encourage customers to share their Amtrak experience on all social media by tagging @Amtrak and using the hashtag #Amtrak in their posts.
  • On Twitter follow @AmtrakNECAlerts for real-time service information on the Northeast Corridor and follow @AmtrakAlerts for real-time service information on long-distance trains.

Last year, Amtrak had its largest passenger count to date during the Thanksgiving week with more than 777,000 riders on its trains across the country, and its busiest day in history with more than 160,000 customers on the Sunday following Thanksgiving.

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Kimberly Woods

About Amtrak®

Amtrak offers a more comfortable and convenient travel experience with free Wi-Fi on most trains, plenty of leg room and no middle seat. With our state and commuter partners, we move people, the economy and the nation forward, carrying more than 30 million Amtrak customers for each of the past seven years. Amtrak operates more than 300 trains daily, connecting more than 500 destinations in 46 states, the District of Columbia and three Canadian Provinces, and reaches 400 additional destinations via connecting bus routes. Book travel, check train status, access your eTicket and more through an Amtrak app. Learn more at Amtrak.com.