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Amtrak, Greyhound passengers surge

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Americans turned to other modes of transportation, including Amtrak trains and Greyhound buses, when air traffic was grounded for much of last week due to the terrorist attacks involving four hijacked jets.

Amtrak's business grew 25 percent and Greyhound's doubled, the companies said.

Wednesday through Sunday, more than 400,000 passengers rode Amtrak, an average of more than 80,000 passengers a day, said Amtrak spokeswoman Karina Van Veen. On an average September day Amtrak ridership is around 60,000 passengers.

Future reservations for long-distance trains, on routes such as New York to Miami, Chicago to Seattle or Chicago to Los Angeles, have also increased. The trains are not sold out, but they are close, Van Veen said. Amtrak is continuing to honor airline passenger tickets on a seat-for-seat basis. Passengers must present an actual paper ticket, not an e-ticket.

The number of passengers on Greyhound buses from Wednesday through Saturday doubled, according to company spokesman Jamille Bradfield. In some areas, such as Las Vegas and Denver, the number of passengers quadrupled.

As of Sunday, Greyhound reported that ridership was "back to normal."

• Amtrak
• Greyhound Lines, Inc.

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