Posts Tagged ‘holiday travel’

Pacific Surfliners Shift to All Reserved This Week

December 21, 2020

All Amtrak Pacific Surfliner trains will require reservations for travel between Dec. 23 and 28.

In a service advisory Amtrak said a ticket will only be valid on the train on which a passenger holds a reservation.

During this period, multi-ride passengers with a monthly pass or 10-trip ticket must also confirm each trip in advance through the Amtrak RideReserve program.

Travel can be confirmed at or on the Amtrak app by retrieving a ticket, choosing the date and direction of travel, and selecting “Confirm” on the train you would like to reserve a seat on.

Reservations can also be made by calling 1-800-USA-RAIL or at a staffed Amtrak station.

The Rail2Rail programs (COASTER and Metrolink) will observe a blackout period on the same dates, Dec. 23 through Dec. 28.

Trains will operate on a holiday schedule on Dec. 25 in observance of Christmas Day.

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Pennsylvanian, Keystones all Reserved in Late December

December 10, 2019

Travelers riding Amtrak’s Pennsylvanian between New York and Pittsburgh and its Keystone Service trains between New York and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, will need reservations during the Christmas holiday travel period.

In a service advisory, Amtrak said Nos. 42 and 43 as well as all Keystone Service trains will be all reserved between Dec. 20 and 30.

Reservations will not be required for monthly and 10-ride ticket holders.

On Christmas Day, Keystone Service trains will operate on a Saturday schedule.

Amtrak Handled Heavy Loads During Thanksgiving

December 3, 2019

Amtrak trains ran most full with many selling out during the Thanksgiving travel period.

A survey conducted by Trains magazine found there were numerous sell-outs or near sell-outs on Sunday between New York and Boston.

Winter weather may have helped boost travel on Sunday in the East. Weather related delays were mostly minimal in the Northeast Corridor, averaging about 30 minutes.

In the Midwest, Trains found that all Chicago-St. Louis and Chicago-Michigan trains sold out on Wednesday and Sunday.

Some seats were available on other Midwest trains, many of which had additional coaches for the travel period.

Long-distance trains leaving Chicago on Sunday were mostly sold out although some coach seats were available on the California Zephyr and Lake Shore Limited.

Winter weather caused delays into Chicago of long-distance trains of about three hours. An exception was the California Zephyr, which arrived at Union Station seven hours late.

On Friday the Empire Builder was eight and a half hours late arriving in Chicago.

No trains were canceled due to the winter weather conditions.