NEW YORK – In response to customer demand during the busiest travel week of the year, Amtrak Acela (Boston – Washington, D.C.) and Northeast Regional (Boston – Virginia) services on the Northeast Corridor (NEC) will operate extended schedules with additional frequencies and capacity during Thanksgiving week to accommodate the surge of holiday travelers. Other services in the Northeast, including the Keystone Service, Pennsylvanian and Empire Service trains will operate full and extended schedules with additional frequencies and added capacity during the Thanksgiving week and require reservations in advance of travel.
Tickets sell out quickly; customers are encouraged to plan
ahead and book tickets early. Last year, Amtrak had its highest ever ridership
during Thanksgiving week with over 846,000 riders across the country and over
160,000 customers the Sunday following Thanksgiving.
Amtrak’s NEC trains are the country’s only all-electric trains, providing a more environmentally friendly way to travel as part of Amtrak’s goal to reduce its carbon footprint while safely and comfortably transporting travelers between cities and rural communities across America and through city center connections. Amtrak also recently announced the Pennsylvanian train now provides checked bicycle and baggage service for a new perk travelers can enjoy this year.
Customers can easily connect directly with Amtrak
before, during and after their travels:
- Amtrak app for easy
booking and travel updates
- Amtrak on Facebook and @Amtrak
for updates within the Northeast Region and @AmtrakAlerts
for any other alerts outside of that region
- @Amtrak and
using the hashtag #Amtrak in their posts
customers have the freedom to use their phones and electronic devices (no
“airplane mode”), the ability to travel with small pets on many trains, large spacious
seats with ample leg room, no middle seat, and one of the most generous baggage
policies in the travel industry. Amtrak also offers up to 45% off when six
passengers travel together as part of its Share Fares
deal so customers can Get Carried Away on Amtrak.