Amtrak offering ‘lowest spring fares’ this week

WASHINGTON — Planning a trip on Amtrak this spring? If so, you have until Thursday, March 29, to take advantage of what the rail service is calling its lowest fares of the season.

Sale fares are good for travel between April 15 and June 21.

The fares are 33 percent lower than typical fares, Amtrak said. There are no blackout dates and no promotional codes are required.

Sample fares include: D.C. to New York City on the Northeast Regional for $43 one-way; D.C. to Chicago on the Cardinal for $67 one-way; and New York City to Montreal on the Adirondack for $46 one-way.

Amtrak’s spring sale fares are valid only for coach. Business class upgrades are not included.

The passenger rail service had a record year in 2017 for ridership and revenue. Its trains carried 31.7 million passengers, up 1.5 percent from 2016. Revenue rose 1.1 percent to $3.2 billion.

The Northeast Corridor, between D.C. and Boston, served 12 million riders — the most ever.

Amtrak is investing $22.4 billion in updating its Acela service and on extensive renovations at Union Station.

Jeff Clabaugh

Jeff Clabaugh has spent 20 years covering the Washington region's economy and financial markets for WTOP as part of a partnership with the Washington Business Journal, and officially joined the WTOP newsroom staff in January 2016.

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