Acela - The train

Well just got back from a incredible weekend in New York City. I did something different this time around. I toke the Acela (Amtrak service) from BWI airport to New York. Kind of strange taking the train from the airport but hey I will be doing this alot more in the future.

First, getting there could not have been easier. Parking was a snap. No shuttle needed to get from Daily lot 307 to the airport. A three minute walk if that. Check in was well fast and efficient. Not only did I check in under 5 minutes (Had one person in front of me) but the counter person let me know of an earlier train that was arriving in 8 minutes. What, wait a minute. I can take an earlier train and you are not going to make be pay 100.00 plus any difference in fare. Sign me up.

I was hesitant because I like knowing where I am going to sit. Well maybe because the environment conditions on airplanes just well suck. So I board the early train and find that I can basically choose any seat and be comfortable. Did I say comfortable. The seats are huge. Compared to airline seats. The leg room is like sitting in my living room. Heck the tray table can hold breakfast, lunch and dinner plus my laptop. Each seat has a power outlet to plug your gear into. No convertors. Hmmm.

The overhead literally held my medium sized (5-6 day) suitcase. I could never get it on a plane period. I bet I could have gotten the monster I am traveling for weeks and will be bringing back tons of crap suitcase that scares the crap out of bellhops. Oh, travel can be so fun.

Although there are no flight attendants, you can eat when you want to. The food choices are more diverse. Not sure about quality but there is something for most.

And finally, the restrooms, kudos to the engineer that designed them. The space is quite nice. No more open accordion door, enter, spin 180, close door, spin 180, complete task, spin 90, wash hands, spin 15, get towel, spin 360, where did they put the trash, spin 90 + to open door, spin 90 to slide through door. Forget RJ's since I am too tall and have to crouch and spin. Jeez.

Hello Acela, good bye airplane. Well for the NorthEast corridor.

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How long did it take?

Posted by Jimh on June 19, 2007 at 01:20 AM EDT #

Well the Acela took about 2.5 hours. Regional took about 3.25.

The entire trip via Acela...

1.0 Travel to airport
0.1 Checkin
0.2 Wait time for train
2.5 Acela service
0.2 Cab to hotel

4.0 hours

vs Airplane

1.0 Travel to airport
0.1 Parking
0.2 Checkin
1.5 Wait time for plane
1.0 Plane travel time
0.3 Luggage
0.5 Cab to hotel

4.6 hours

Train wins plus you can skip the big time cab fare to hotel.

Posted by Leroy on June 19, 2007 at 05:50 AM EDT #

Lets not also forget the potential for a few hours on the plane waiting.....

Posted by Jim on June 20, 2007 at 03:57 PM EDT #

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