FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 16, 2010
WASHINGTON, D.C.– FRENCH-LANGUAGE VERSION OF AMTRAK.COM NOW AVAILABLE
Amtrak® recently launched a French-language version of its popular website, Amtrak.com. The new version is accessible by clicking the “Francais” link on the Amtrak.com homepage or at Francais.Amtrak.com. The new site allows French-speaking passengers to take advantage of the wide array of travel services already available at Amtrak.com, including the ability to plan and reserve single day or transcontinental journeys through the sites vast information on routes, stations, daily train schedules and special promotional offers. The English version of Amtrak.com has been widely popular with visitors from Canada, who comprise the second highest source of users on the extremely popular site.
“Outside of the United States, Canada is our top market in the Americas,” said David Lim, Amtrak’s Chief Marketing Officer. “France is not far behind. We want all our French-speaking passengers worldwide to take advantage of the many services available to them on Francais.Amtrak.com.” The latest version of Amtrak.com is being launched at a time when ridership between Canada and the United States is on the rise, with travel to and from the Vancouver, B.C., Montreal and the Canadian Border showing impressive gains when compared to the same time period a year ago. (See chart below).
|Canadian Border (mostly Toronto)||52,270||47,642||+9.7%|
Amtrak.com is recognized as a leader among travel industry websites, accounting for 40 percent of the companies overall ticket sales. Amtrak® has long been recognized as a pioneer of customer-friendly technologies. It was one of the first national travel providers to implement an advanced voice-activated telephone system (Julie) and electronic ticketing kiosks (Quik-Trak). Amtrak.com is also available in two additional languages, Spanish and German. For Amtrak in “Francais”, the railroad deployed TransMotionn® technology provided by MotionPoint Corporation for the translated Amtrak® site. MotionPoint will maintain the French-language version of Amtrak’s site, while Amtrak will continue to update its English-language site.
As the nation’s intercity passenger rail operator, Amtrak® connects America in safer, greener and healthier ways. Last fiscal year (FY 2010), the railroad carried 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—at speeds up to 150 mph—to more than 500 destinations. Amtrak® also is the operator of choice for state-supported corridor services in 15 states and for several commuter rail agencies. Visit Amtrak.comor call 800-USA-RAIL for schedules, fares and more.
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