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Amtrak adding Cascades trains for Thanksgiving week

November 1st, 2013 by ed friedrich

Somehow, holiday traffic has gotten so bad on Interstate 5 between Tacoma and Centralia that it’s barely worth going. That’s one place where Amtrak is a decent option, and it will be moreso during Thanksgiving week.

Amtrak will add four trains along the Amtrak Cascades route between Portland and Seattle from Wednesday, Nov. 27, through Sunday, Dec.1.

Thanksgiving week is typically Amtrak’s busiest travel period of the year. The heaviest travel days are Tuesday and Wednesday before Thanksgiving and Sunday after the holiday. With the exception of Thanksgiving Day, morning trains typically have more available seats than those in the afternoon and evening.

Regular one-way adult fares between Seattle and Portland start as low as $33. All Amtrak Cascades trains require reservations. Passengers are encouraged to purchase tickets early to obtain the lowest fare. The additional trains will not have business class or checked baggage.

Visit www.AmtrakCascades.com or call 800-USA-RAIL for reservations and information.

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