Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Amtrak notches stellar Thanksgiving ridership

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Amtrak says its ridership during the Thanksgiving Day week this year set an “all-time record,” with ridership up 4%  compared with the comparable period in 2008; ticket revenue rose 1% compared with the year-ago period.

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Amtrak says 685,876 trips took place between Nov. 24 and Nov. 30, generating $44.1 million in ticket revenue, which it claims is “the best weekly performance in company history.”  

“Once again, our performance illustrates the growing popularity of passenger rail service, which is a credit to our front line employees who operate a great railroad,” said Emmett Fremaux, vice president, Marketing and Product Development. “To outperform our previous ridership record from FY08, when gas prices were much higher, is a great accomplishment.”

“On behalf of the entire executive team, I want to thank every employee for their dedication to safety and customer service during such a busy time,” said President and CEO Joe Boardman.