Amtrak breaks Thanksgiving ridership record, again

December 10, 2012

In what is rapidly becoming a post-Thanksgiving tradition, Amtrak has announced that a record-breaking number of riders boarded its trains during the holiday travel week. 

Amtrak announced that 737,537 passengers used its trains between Tuesday, Nov. 20, and Monday, Nov. 26. That breaks the record set last year, when the rail agency carried 724,051 riders; that, in turn, broke the record set in 2010 when 704,446 passengers took Amtrak; and that, of course, eclipsed the record-setting mark of 685,876 riders in 2009. 

The busiest day of this year’s Thanksgiving travel window was Wednesday, Nov. 21, which saw 140,691 riders. That also set a record for the highest single-day ridership in Amtrak’s history, topping the mark set a year earlier, when 138,736 riders traveled on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. 

Amtrak added extra trains nationwide, while extra seats were also added to some trains. This was also the first Thanksgiving since Amtrak began accepting electronic tickets nationwide.

Mark Berman is a reporter on the National staff. He runs Post Nation, a destination for breaking news and developing stories from around the country.
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