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Amtrak Modifies Holiday Schedule on Select Routes

Are you planning to take the Amtrak on Thanksgiving? NBC10 has the heads-up on what you need to know. (Published Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016)

In anticipation of holiday travel, Amtrak will add extra capacity on their Keystone service in the New York-Philadelphia-Harrisburg corridor.

All Keystone trains will require reservations Tuesday, Nov. 22 through Monday, Nov. 28.

In addition, Amtrak's Acela Express and Northeast Regional services will operate all-reserved full and extended schedules adding additional capacity between Washington, D.C. and Boston on the Tuesday and Wednesday before Thanksgiving and the Sunday after the holiday.

Some Amtrak trains between New York and Washington, D.C. will use rail cars and locomotives on Sunday, Nov. 27 and will follow regular booking and ticketing procedures.

Amtrak encourages customers to plan ahead and book as soon as possible because tickets are expected to sell out quickly.

In 2015, more than 751,000 people traveled home using Amtrak and a similar demand is expected this year with higher demand in the afternoon and evening on the Tuesday and Wednesday before Thanksgiving and following Sunday.

You can purchase tickets online, through Amtrak's mobile apps, calling 800-USA-RAIL (872-7245), or by visiting an Amtrak ticket window.

Customers are allowed to bring two bags and two carry-ons collectively weighing 150 pounds for free.

Make sure to check the holiday schedules and arrive early and give yourself plenty of time to board your train and make sure you have your Photo ID especially if you are purchasing your ticket in person.

If you want to bring your furry friend home with you, Amtrak allows dogs and cats weighing less than 20 pounds for a $25 fee. You can also reserve a space for your bike on select Amtrak routes.

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