Amtrak ridership during the days surrounding Thanksgiving has increased 5.3 percent over the last three years. Amtrak travel during this period shows the heaviest travel taking place on the day before Thanksgiving (Wednesdays) and Sunday following the holiday. Wednesday, November 21, 2012 was the single busiest day in the history of Amtrak with 140,691 passengers.
Thanksgiving Amtrak Ridership: November 2010, 2011, 2012
Source: Personal communication, Amtrak Government Affairs, October 29, 2013.