Book Thanksgiving travel early, Amtrak says

Amtrak is urging early booking for holiday travel. Photo: Amtrak/ AP

ATLANTA, Nov. 16, 2012 — Amtrak is urging passengers to book their Thanksgiving holiday train tickets early to avoid missing out on seats.

The busiest travel days, the ones most likely to sell out, are the Tuesday and Wednesday before Thanksgiving and the Sunday following the holiday.

Amtrak saw a record 737,537 passengers travel by train during the Thanksgiving holiday a year ago. That was a 1.9 percent increase in the number of passengers who traveled by train during the 2011 Thanksgiving holiday and broke the previous record set during 2011.

In a statement, Amtrak said it “will operate every available passenger rail car in its fleet and is scheduling extra trains and adding capacity on routes in the Northeast, Midwest and the West Coast.”

Amtrak said it is adding four trains on its Amtrak Cascades route between Portland and Seattle in anticipation of the extra riders. The extra trains are scheduled to run on Wednesday, Nov. 27, and Sunday, Dec.1.

Similarly, in Michigan, Amtrak is adding 18 additional trains to and from the state on its Wolverine route. Amtrak is also adding an additional train between Chicago and Quincy, Ill., on Dec. 1.

“The addition during this busy time will allow passengers to get to their destinations safely and quickly, allowing more time to spend with loved ones during the holiday season,” Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider said in a statement.

Amtrak set a new ridership record in Fiscal Year 2013, carrying 31.6 million passengers, the railroad announced.

The latest record breaks the high mark set during Fiscal Year 2012, when the railroad carried 31.2 million passengers. This new record is the 10th ridership record the railroad has set in the last 11 years.



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