Thanksgiving is the busiest travel period of the year for Amtrak and America’s Railroad® is ready and prepared to accommodate additional passengers with extra trains scheduled in the Northeast Corridor, the Chicago hub, the Pacific Northwest and in California.
Amtrak is bringing a railcar loaded with relief supplies donated in Slidell, La., to New Jersey communities hit hard by Hurricane Sandy. What Slidell leaders call the “Train of Hope,” has filled a baggage car provided by Amtrak and is being carried on the northbound Crescent that left New Orleans.
Amtrak has named Doug Varn to the new position of General Manager, Long Distance Services.
Amtrak is providing modified service throughout the Northeast including between Washington D.C., New York and Boston, providing vital transportation to residents and helping to restore the economy of the region after the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy.
Governor Pat Quinn was joined by U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, Federal Railroad Administrator Joseph Szabo, Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider, Amtrak Chairman Tom Carper, and local leaders to celebrate the start of 110-mph rail service in Illinois. Today’s demonstration of 110-mph speeds between Dwight and Pontiac on the critical Chicago-St. Louis rail corridor represents a historic step towards the establishment of a high-speed rail network that will secure Illinois’ position as the Midwest’s transportation hub.
Amtrak has named Michael J. DeCataldo, Jr., to the new position of general manager, Northeast Corridor (NEC) Services. He will have accountability for safety, customer satisfaction, ridership, on-time performance, and financial results for the Northeast Corridor business line. Mr. DeCataldo is currently Amtrak general superintendent, Northeast Division.
Amtrak record ridership of more than 31.2 million passengers this past fiscal year was achieved station by station in hundreds of communities across America as the widespread demand to travel by rail continues to grow.
Caltrans Division of Rail, Amtrak, Southern California Regional Rail Authority and Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority celebrated the opening of three new Los Angeles Union Station tracks and a platform to serve Amtrak and Metrolink passengers.
In anticipation of its busiest travel week of the year, Amtrak is adding more trains between Chicago and Michigan – and since posting its ninth year of record-breaking ridership – America’s Railroad® is encouraging passengers to plan ahead for Thanksgiving travel and book their tickets now for best availability and pricing.
Amtrak carried more than 31.2 million passengers in Fiscal Year 2012 ending September 30, marking the highest annual ridership total since America’s Railroad® started operations in 1971 and the ninth ridership record during the last ten years.
Amtrak customers have an additional resource for information with the launch of the new intelligent virtual online assistant, “Ask Julie,” on Amtrak.com. “Ask Julie” provides answers to customer questions, all in her own voice and personality.