Most changes in the new timetable are minor or seasonal, but the publication reflects schedules issued since the Fall-Winter 2010 timetable, including changes to the Keystone Service and Empire Service. Another schedule change of note is a 30-minute earlier origination at Chicago for the eastbound Capitol Limited (Train 30) to Washington.
“The new timetable is a great planning tool travelers can use to find the right Amtrak train to get them where they are going with comfort and ease so they can enjoy the journey,” said President and CEO Joseph Boardman.
The 40th anniversary celebration is occurring during a period of long-term growth that has seen Amtrak set annual ridership records in seven of the last eight fiscal years, including more than 28.7 million passengers in FY 2010 – and Amtrak is on track to set a new record this year.
Boardman noted Amtrak has added capacity to some trains by returning to service newly restored and refurbished passenger rail cars using funds from the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act. Still, given increased demand due in part to higher fuel prices for personal cars and trucks, Boardman said passenger demand for Amtrak service is increasingly resulting in sold-out conditions on some trains and Amtrak must increase the size of its railcar fleet.