(21 Nov 2018) Holiday travelers going through Penn Station in New York City the day before Thanksgiving told the Associated Press that it has been pretty painless so far this year.
“I’m surprised that it’s as calm as it is. And I’ve seen it more crowded,” Barbara Bernard, traveling from Suffolk County New said while waiting to board her Amtrak train.
The AAA auto club predicts that 54.3 million Americans will travel at least 50 miles (80 kilometres) from home between Wednesday and Sunday, the highest number since 2005 and about a 5 percent increase over last year.
Amtrak spokesperson Jason Abrams said they expect the next few days to be very busy.
“We prepare for this every year. We add trains. We add cars to our trains. We add trains on our schedule and so we’re ready to go. We add capacity for people to get where they need,” Abrams said.
Abrams said Amtrak bases their ridership on the previous year’s numbers and tickets that have been sold so far.
“A lot of trains have already been sold out but there are seats still available for people to get,” Abrams said.
Last year, Amtrak said they posted a company record moving more than 777-thousand passengers during the week of Thanksgiving.
“It’s great and it’s better than what I expected,” Michelle Owens who is traveling to Pennsylvania for the holiday said.
The day before Thanksgiving was a more difficult travel day in the past. Many Americans who travel over the holiday now start earlier and return later, spreading crowds over several days.
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