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Amtrak breaks some Thanksgiving records

Amtrak expected a sizable number of passengers to ride the rails over the Thanksgiving holiday last month. The official numbers are in, and just like last year, Amtrak set a company record over the Thanksgiving week.

The company reported Tuesday that 724,051 passengers rode an Amtrak train over the full holiday week, which ran from Tuesday, Nov. 22, to Monday, Nov. 28.

More than 42 million people were projected to travel over the Thanksgiving holiday, according to AAA’s annual survey. Most of those travelers were going to fly or drive, and more than 900,000 people were expected to travel by bus, train or other modes of transportation.

The seven-day total breaks the company’s own Thanksgiving week record of 704,446 passengers, which was set last year.

The Wednesday before Thanksgiving was the single busiest day in company history, with 138,736 passengers aboard an Amtrak train. The following Sunday logged 130,093 riders.

Amtrak added extra trains for the holiday week this year, boosting capacity with the expectation that this year’s holiday ridership would be similar to last year’s numbers.

The company had announced preliminary numbers last month, estimating that 720,000 passengers rode an Amtrak train over the Thanksgiving holiday frame

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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