Amtrak sets Thanksgiving records
Amtrak posted a record this year for the number of passengers it carried over Thanksgiving, as well as the number of riders on a single day, the railroad announced today.
Ridership for the weekend increased 2.7 percent over last year to a record of 704,446 passengers even though travel on the Northeast Corridor showed a slight decline, Amtrak said. It also reported that the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, when it carried 134,230 riders, was the busiest day in its history.
Amtrak said that in spite of the overall decline in the Northeast Corridor, ridership on its high-speed Acela Express trains increased by 12.9 percent over 2009.