Amtrak Prepares for Crowds Along Obama Train Route

WASHINGTON -- When Barack Obama travels by train to Washington for the inauguration, throngs of well-wishers are expected to line the tracks in hopes of seeing the president-elect.
The 137-mile route from Philadelphia to the nation's capital will be secured by thousands of officers from about 40 jurisdictions that the train passes through, Amtrak said Thursday.
Crowds are expected to gather at hundreds of points along the way -- especially at overpasses, parking lots and commuter train stations, officials said.
Amtrak isn't estimating how many people will line the tracks, though officials are using the 1968 funeral procession of Robert F. Kennedy as a guide. By some estimates, more than 1 million people lined the tracks from New York to Washington to pay their respects to the senator.
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