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Amtrak accepting electronic tickets nationwide

The next time you’re traveling on Amtrak, don’t worry about picking up your tickets at the station. The company announced Monday that it will be accepting electronic tickets on all trains nationwide, including on the Northeast Corridor.

Tickets will be e-mailed to Amtrak riders, who can either print tickets or just show the conductor an eTicket on their smartphone. If you do print it and misplace it before arriving at the station, and if you can’t access it on your phone, you can print them at ticket offices or kiosks.

Amtrak previously tested electronic ticketing on five routes in a pilot program, and the company reported that it resulted in shorter lines at ticket counters.

If you’re in any way uncertain about how this will work, Amtrak posted a video guiding you through the process.

With this move, the company joins several airlines, including Delta and American, which offer electronic boarding passes.

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