Amtrak: Record Breaking Thanksgiving Ridership

It is well known that Thanksgiving is one of the busiest travel weekends of the year, but an Amtrak press release has revealed that this Thanksgiving may have been one of the busiest ever.  Amtrak’s preliminary ridership numbers indicated that 720,000 people traveled on Amtrak trains this holiday.  When compared to the 2010 Thanksgiving travel week, this year’s passenger numbers mark a 2.2% increase.  Luckily, Amtrak was well prepared for the serge in passengers and operated every passenger rail car in its fleet, in addition to additional services.  Amtrak’s Vice President of Marketing connects the record breaking numbers to a variety of factors, saying that, “While retailers are reporting sales are up at stores and on the internet, travel on Amtrak also exceeded expectations due, in part, to increased capacity and the recent introduction of free Wi-Fi service on several Amtrak routes.”

The fact that 720,000 passengers were able to travel safely to spend time with their families is great news in itself and record breaking ridership totals can be considered an added bonus. Although this Thanksgiving week was one of the busiest in Amtrak’s history, proper preparation allowed for relatively smooth travels. Amtrak’s Thanksgiving ridership numbers mirror the trend that passenger rail has been taking recently.  Every year ridership numbers are increasing and projections show more increases in the future.



Andy November 30, 2011 at 5:08 pm

Congrats amtk & all who made it happen!

Fred R December 1, 2011 at 12:03 pm

It’s surge, not serge.

Mae Folb December 6, 2011 at 2:04 pm

We were on the Amtrack on Nov. 26, 2011, which left Tampa at 12:45 p.m., due to arrive in West Palm at 4:03. This train arrived at 8:45 p.m. We were rtold the signals did not work properly. I understand the tracks are rented from CSX. Plase contact CSX to update their signal system and upgrade their tracks.. This is an unacceptable situation. We commute evry Thanksgiving on this line. Sincerely, Mae Folb

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