Quantcast
Transport Trains

Amtrak breaks ridership records this Thanksgiving despite rail malfunction in NYC

Excerpt from Transportation Nation

Dec 11, 2012 9:30 am

Skift Take

The record-breaking ridership is a result of travelers’ frustrations with the flying experience, which will become an important leverage point for the rail company when meeting with Congress this week.

— Samantha Shankman

Come Attend the Best Conference in Travel

Free Report: The Megatrends Defining Travel in 2015

Michael Miley  / Flickr.com

Amtrak passes through Gardner, Illinois. Michael Miley / Flickr.com


The Wednesday before Thanksgiving was the busiest day in the history of Amtrak with a total of 140,691 passengers riding in the 46-state network. Over the full Thanksgiving holiday weekend Amtrak carried 737,537 passengers, up 1.9 percent over last year, the previous record for passenger rail travel volume.

It was also the most lucrative weekend ever for Amtrak, generating $56.1 million in revenue, up 17.9 percent over last year, meaning that revenue-per-Thanksgiving traveler was up significantly.

Regulators on Capitol Hill may be more interested in that latter data point on Thursday when a Congressional committee will call Amtrak brass to answer questions about the future of rail in America.

Read the Complete Story →

Tags: ,

Next Up

More on Skift

Exclusive: Kayak Co-Founder’s New Startup to Target Consumer Concierge Services
Understanding the Shopping Habits of Business Travelers
What Will It Take to Bring U.S. Airports Into the Future? Only $4
How Hotels and Airports Cater to the 21st Century Business Traveler