Amtrak announces additional weekend stops at Newark station

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4:33 p.m., Dec. 15, 2010----Amtrak has announced additional weekend stops at the Newark train station, starting Friday, Dec. 17, in response to growing demand for passenger rail service.

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The new schedule includes a southbound stop every Friday at 3:05 p.m. (train 133), and a northbound stop every Saturday and Sunday at 8:43 p.m. (train 182).

The Newark station, located just off South College Avenue near the campus, will benefit from this increased weekend service to and from the Washington, D.C., area.

“Amtrak's Northeast Regional service continues to experience ridership gains, and we are excited to offer more travel options to our customers in Delaware,” said Brian Rosenwald, Amtrak chief of product development.

One-way fares between Newark and Washington, D.C., are as low as $29 each way, with a 14-day advance purchase.

Ridership at the Newark station has seen an increase in ridership, with 9,300 passengers in FY 2010, up from 7, 883 in FY 2008.

During FY 2010, Amtrak carried more than 28.7 million passengers, making it the best year in the company's history. With 21,000 route miles in 46 states, the District of Columbia and three Canadian provinces, Amtrak operates more than 300 trains each day to more than 500 destinations. Amtrak also partners with state-supported corridor services in 15 states and with several commuter rail agencies.

For schedules, fares and more information, visit Amtrak.com, call 800-USA-RAIL, or check out its Facebook and Twitter pages.

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