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New Amtrak Acela Trains Stimulate Nationwide Economy

By | News, Travel | December 4, 2019

HARVEY, Ill. – The Amtrak partnership with Alstom to produce the next generation of Acela trains to move customers at higher speeds and more comfort between Boston and Washington is also boosting businesses nationwide. Today, Amtrak and Alstom thanked workers at LB Steel in Illinois for building wheel assemblies (known as “bogies” or “trucks”) and other components.

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Amtrak Cascades Encourages Travelers to Book Thanksgiving Tickets Early

By | Commuter and State Partners, News, Travel | November 15, 2019

SEATTLE – Nov. 14, 2019 – In anticipation of the busiest travel week of the year, Amtrak is encouraging holiday travelers on the Amtrak Cascades route, which travels between Vancouver, Seattle, Portland and Eugene to make ticket reservations early. Last year, the Cascades saw a 60% increase in ridership the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and the Sunday following. Similar passenger counts are anticipated this year. Tickets sell out quickly, so customers are encouraged to plan ahead and book early.

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Amtrak, Capitol Corridor and San Joaquins Increase Capacity for Thanksgiving Travel

By | Commuter and State Partners, News, Services and Schedules, Travel | November 6, 2019

OAKLAND, Calif. – Nov. 6, 2019 – In anticipation of the busiest travel week of the year, Amtrak, the San Joaquins Joint Powers Authority (SJJPA) and the Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority (CCJPA) are prepared to accommodate the surge of holiday travelers with extra equipment and additional capacity on the Capitol Corridor and San Joaquins service. Tickets sell out quickly, so customers are encouraged to plan ahead and book early. Last year, the Capitol Corridor and San Joaquins saw a 65% increase in ridership the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and a 68% increase the Sunday following Thanksgiving.

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Amtrak Adds More Frequencies and Extra Capacity on Most Northeast Trains for Thanksgiving Week Travel

By | Commuter and State Partners, News, Services and Schedules, Travel | November 5, 2019

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.

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Amtrak Expands Popular Assigned Seat Offering to Northeast Regional Trains in Business Class

By | Customer Amenities, News, Travel | October 24, 2019

NEW YORK – Amtrak is expanding its assigned seating program for customers traveling in Northeast Regional Business class. This long-requested offering, previously only available for Acela First class passengers, allows families, friends and colleagues to sit together. Seat assignment in Business class on Northeast Regional will begin on trains departing on or after Saturday, January 11, providing customers with Business Class reservations the ability to select their preferred seat.

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Amtrak Pacific Surfliner Encourages Travelers to Book Thanksgiving Reservations Early

By | Commuter and State Partners, News, Services and Schedules, Travel | October 23, 2019

ORANGE, Calif. – Oct. 23, 2019 – In anticipation of the busiest travel week of the year, Amtrak is prepared to accommodate the surge of holiday travelers with extra equipment and additional capacity on the Amtrak® Pacific Surfliner® route, which travels between San Diego, Orange County, Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo. Tickets sell out quickly, so customers are encouraged to plan ahead and book early.

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Governor Murphy, Amtrak and NJ TRANSIT Continue Collaboration Through Fall Construction Program at Four Stations

By | Commuter and State Partners, Company News and Statements, Infrastructure, Stations and Facilities, News, Travel | October 15, 2019

Improvements to benefit customers and enhance overall travel experience


NEW BRUNSWICK – Governor Phil Murphy, Amtrak Board Chairman Tony Coscia, and NJ TRANSIT CEO Kevin Corbett today announced the kickoff of fall 2019 construction work at four New Jersey train stations. These projects – a result of a reinvigorated relationship between NJ TRANSIT and Amtrak – demonstrate a joint commitment to improving the customer and travel experience throughout the state. Customers can expect to see improvements at New Brunswick, Trenton Transit Center, Princeton Junction, and Elizabeth Stations.

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