Amtrak: Book Thanksgiving travel early

Amtrak says to buy Thanksgiving tickets early to avoid missing out Photo: Todd DeFeo

ATLANTA, Oct. 5, 2012 —Amtrak is urging passengers to book their Thanksgiving holiday train tickets early to avoid missing out on the best availability and pricing.

Amtrak announced that its busiest travel days, the ones most likely to sell out, are the Tuesday and Wednesday before Thanksgiving and the Saturday and Sunday following the holiday.

Amtrak’s busiest routes include the Acela and Northeast Regional trains operating on the Northeast Corridor and the Pacific Surfliner (between San Luis Obispo and San Diego in California), Capitol Corridor (from the San Francisco Bay Area to Sacramento in California) and Keystone trains (between New York and Harrisburg, Pa.).

Amtrak, which saw a record 724,000 travel by train during the Thanksgiving holiday a year ago, in a statement last week said it will “operate every available passenger rail car in its fleet.” In addition, the railroad “is scheduling extra trains to accommodate additional passengers in the Northeast, Midwest, and on the West Coast.”

The numbers of passengers booking seats on Amtrak trains has surged in recent months. For the first months of fiscal 2012, which runs October 2011 through September 2012, the number of Amtrak passengers increased 3.4 percent as compared to last year.

In September, the railroad said it set 11 consecutive monthly records and is expecting fiscal year 2012 to set another record for number of riders. Last fiscal year, Amtrak carried more than 30.2 million passengers on more then 300 trains.

Todd DeFeo is a former award-winning reporter and a wanderlust. He is editor of and

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Todd DeFeo jouned The Washington Times Communities in May 2012. He covers travel and Georgia. A marketing professional who never gave up his award-winning journalistic ways, DeFeo revels in the experience and the fact that every place has a story to tell. He also serves as editor of The Travel Trolley.


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