Amtrak announces capacity increases nationwide for Thanksgiving

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NEW YORK — In anticipation of the busiest travel week of the year, Amtrak is accommodating the surge of holiday travelers with extra trains and capacity on several routes in the Northeast, Midwest, and West Coast. Amtrak will also operate every available passenger railcar. Tickets sell out quickly, so customers are encouraged to plan ahead and book tickets early.

On the Northeast Corridor, Amtrak Acela Express, and Northeast Regional will operate full and extended schedules with additional frequencies and added capacity during Thanksgiving week. Standard Amtrak booking and ticketing procedures apply. Additional Northeast Corridor trains, including the Keystone will require reservations in advance of travel.

In the Midwest, extra trains will operate between Chicago and downstate Illinois and Michigan. At Chicago Union Station, sleeping car and business class customers, as well as top-tier Amtrak Guest Rewards members, can experience the Metropolitan Lounge and pre-board their trains. Coach customers can purchase Legacy Club passes to access similar amenities.

On the West Coast, additional capacity will be added to Capitol Corridor, San Joaquins, and Pacific Surfliner routes. During the holiday period, Pacific Surfliner service will also require reservations from Nov. 22 to 26.

“With free Wi-Fi on most trains, plenty of leg room and no middle seat, Thanksgiving week is a great opportunity to highlight our commitment to providing the best possible travel experience,” said Amtrak co-CEO Wick Moorman. “Amtrak employees are gearing up for the holidays to provide the superior service our customers deserve.”

More information is available online.

— An Amtrak news release Nov. 2, 2017.
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