WASHINGTON, Mo. (KSDK) - Amtrak experienced a record year in ridership and ticket revenue for the 2012 Thanksgiving holiday.

Amtrak carried a total of 737,537 passengers between November 20 and 26, up 1.9 percent from the 2011 Thanksgiving holiday.

Wednesday, November 21 was the single busiest day in the history of Amtrak, with 140,691 passengers.
Ticket sales were also an all-time high at $56.1 million, up 8.4 percent from 2011.

According to Amtrak officials, the jump can be attributed to the changes they made to ticket purchases and extra trains.

This year Amtrak implemented eTicketing, which allows passengers to purchase tickets and print boarding passes online or with smartphones, reducing lines at ticket windows or at Quik-Trak kiosks.

Extra trains were scheduled in the Northeast corridor, the Chicago hub, the Pacific Northwest and in California.

Amtrak provided services to Freeport and Brunswick, Maine, for their first Thanksgiving holiday. Amtrak also provided rail connections to the Palmetto service with the thruway bus service in Eastern North Carolina.

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