Train travelers hit the rails for holiday

EAST LANSING, Mich (WLNS) – This is one of the biggest travel days of the year and many people are traveling by train.

According to the Michigan Department of Transportation, a normal day here at the East Lansing Amtrak station will see around 91 passengers.

Today that number raises to the hundreds.

There will be about 250 people getting on the train this morning, and they’ll be about 200 getting off this afternoon.

Hundreds of people and loads of luggage.

With nothing to do but wait it could be a recipe for travel disaster.

But, according to passengers, things always stay calm here at the East Lansing Amtrak.

And that’s why they like it.

“We’ve done this trip many times. People seem to be very considerate and very patient,” says holiday traveler Casey Chase. “So it’s fun to take the train.”

Officials say trains aren’t just fun they also let you socialize during the trip.

“If you’re traveling by car or by plane, it’s really hard to have a real conversation with anybody other than the person sitting next to you,” explains Tim Hoeffner, director of the office of rail, MDOT. “But on a train there’s a little bit more room and more opportunity to get up and move around and socialize.”

It is expected that 15,000 Michiganders across the state will travel by train during over the Thanksgiving weekend.

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