By Keith Laing - 12/10/12 07:34 PM EST
Amtrak CEO Joe Boardman said Amtrak's Thanksgiving ridership numbers were a reflection of the importance of the company quickly reviving its rail service in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.
"Amtrak is a key element of the regional response to Sandy and it was critical for us to restore service and operate our full and expanded schedule to connect families for the holiday-and with the help of our commuter partners we did it," Boardman said in a statement.
The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee will hold a hearing on Thursday about the possibility of privatizing Amtrak service in the Northeast.
Boardman will be among the witnesses scheduled to testify before the committee.