Lynchburg Holiday Travelers Choosing the Train

Lynchburg, VA - Amtrak is fast becoming the way to travel home for the holidays, and the service is expanding.

Wednesday, Amtrak opened its new route from Washington, D.C. to Norfolk. Cheaper ticket prices are actually getting passengers to choose the train over the plane.

When Amtrak chugs into the Kemper Street Station, hundreds like Robert Monahan line up to get on board.

"I took the plane once and this comes down to a lot cheaper," said Robert Monahan.

The numbers tell the story of Amtrak's success. A total of 156 people boarded Tuesday, and 250 people were expected Wednesday.

Nationwide this November, Amtrak broke records. The Wednesday before Thanksgiving was the single busiest day in the train's history, with more than 140,000 passengers.

Seeing the train trend, Toth got his ticket early when the price was low.

"I noticed this year ticket prices were going up really early. You try to buy them two months in advance, but they're already over $150," said Toth.

"It's better to get your tickets earlier than waiting until the last minute, because the longer you wait, the more it is," said Brittney Webley.

From Lynchburg to Boston, about 1,000 passengers will hop on and off a train in a single day.

Many are heading home for the holidays, but traveling by train doesn't have them in all that much of a rush.

"I get reading done. I get other stuff done. It's enjoyable to me," said Toth.

To make ticketing more smooth, Amtrak launched e-Ticketing. The new technology allows passengers to print boarding passes from home and even have their smart phone scanned. The technology has cut down on lines that plague many of our airports.