NEW YORK – In response to customer demand during the busiest travel week of the year, Amtrak Acela (Boston – Washington, D.C.) and Northeast Regional (Boston – Virginia) services on the Northeast Corridor (NEC) will operate extended schedules with additional frequencies and capacity during Thanksgiving week to accommodate the surge of holiday travelers. Other services in the Northeast, including the Keystone Service, Pennsylvanian and Empire Service trains will operate full and extended schedules with additional frequencies and added capacity during the Thanksgiving week and require reservations in advance of travel.

Tickets sell out quickly; customers are encouraged to plan ahead and book tickets early. Last year, Amtrak had its highest ever ridership during Thanksgiving week with over 846,000 riders across the country and over 160,000 customers the Sunday following Thanksgiving. Amtrak’s NEC trains are the country’s only all-electric trains, providing a more environmentally friendly way to travel as part of Amtrak’s goal to reduce its carbon footprint while safely and comfortably transporting travelers between cities and rural communities across America and through city center connections.

Amtrak also recently announced the Pennsylvanian train now provides checked bicycle and baggage service for a new perk travelers can enjoy this year.

Customers can easily connect directly with Amtrak before, during and after their travels:

• Download the Amtrak app for easy booking and travel updates

• To connect with customer service follow Amtrak on Facebook and @Amtrak on Twitter

• For real time service alerts, follow @AmtrakNECAlerts for updates within the Northeast Region and @AmtrakAlerts for any other alerts outside of that region

• We encourage customers to share their Amtrak experience on all social media channels by tagging @Amtrak and using the hashtag #Amtrak in their posts

Amtrak customers have the freedom to use their phones and electronic devices (no “airplane mode”), the ability to travel with small pets on many trains, large spacious seats with ample leg room, no middle seat, and one of the most generous baggage policies in the travel industry. Amtrak also offers up to 45% off when six passengers travel together as part of its Share Fares deal so customers can Get Carried Away on Amtrak.