acela’s back…tell a friend

after i thought i’d given up on amtrak altogether, a few things are making me think twice.

1) acela’s back! well, not in full force, but amtrak has outfitted the trains with new brake rotors (thank goodness) and rolling out a limited schedule.

2) my last two delta shuttle flights were cancelled/delayed due to mechanical reasons. this morning we were all boarded and ready to go on the 6:30 AM flight to lga when the pilot found out the runway was too short for the plane we were on and turned us right back to the jetway.

long story short, much chaos ensued, finally got on another flight, missed my meeting and if i lose my job, i blame delta (ha).

3) crazy hurricane weather. flying is not my favorite pasttime on the east coast during hurricane season. can you blame me?

the other alternative is i could start driving to ny. at 40.5 cents reimbursement and more control of my destiny, it’s looking pretty good, though I’d have to leave at 2 AM…hmmm.

3 Comments so far

  1. wayan (unregistered) on July 13th, 2005 @ 12:26 pm

    Agh! If the “Future Publih” button had worked, I’ve answered your question about how to get to NYC earlier today. For me, there is no question – take the Chinaton Bus! For $20 each way, there’s no comparison.

  2. Jenn Larsen (unregistered) on July 13th, 2005 @ 1:40 pm

    The fact that we still don’t have a viable, reliable, and inexpensive high-speed train system in this country (especially the NE corridor) is infuriating.

    The Acela was supposed to be the beginning of a great new era in train travel … but the cost is prohibitive and the system is unreliable.


    I’ll probably be more willing to try out the Chinatown bus on my next personal trip to NYC, but it doesn’t really help the biz traveller who needs a faster arrival time…

  3. wayan (unregistered) on July 13th, 2005 @ 2:14 pm


    The Chinatown buses are usualy 4, sometimes 5 hours and they leave pretty much constantly every day but Saturday to/from different spots in both cities.

    Still, I agree with you, we should have a high-speed NE Corridor rail link. Something like the French TGV or Japan’s Bullet trains that could do the DC to Boston trip in less time than a flight + security line wait + airport to city drive.

    I think we would have if Amtrak would get smart and give up all the empty NYC to Chicago to LA trains that run at horrid losses each year. Reality check, Amtrak, Americans take the quickest path, always, and Iron Horses can’t compete cross country.

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