Amtrak Thanksgiving ridership sets record

WASHINGTON (AP) - December 8, 2009

Amtrak says it has set a new record for numbers of passengers it carried the week of Thanksgiving. The nation's intercity rail operator said Tuesday it carried 685,876 passengers between Nov. 24 and 30 and 127,577 on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving.

The total number of passengers is 4 percent higher than last year and surpasses a previous record of 666,716 riders set in 2007. Amtrak added extra trains to accommodate more riders.

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