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Amtrak plans for increased passengers over Thanksgiving holiday

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WASHINGTON, DC – NOVEMBER 22: An Amtrak train waits at a platform prior to its departure at Union Station November 22, 2017 in Washington, DC. The American Automobile Association (AAA) has predicted that nearly 51 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more this Thanksgiving holiday weekend. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — When one thinks of the Thanksgiving season family, food and football might be a few words that come to mind.

These are not the words Amtrak officials are thinking of ahead of this year’s holiday. The company said in a news release Tuesday it is preparing for another busy holiday.

Last year, Amtrack had its largest passenger count to date during the week of Thanksgiving — with more than 777,000 riders on its trains across the country.

The busiest day in Amtrak’s history came the Sunday following last Thanksgiving when 160,000 customers rode trains.

For this year, Amtrak will extend schedules, operate additional frequencies and add capacity for the week of Thanksgiving .

Amtrack said passengers should plan and book reservations early, as tickets sell out quickly.

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