As I write this, I’m traveling between Boston and New York on the Acela Express, Amtrak’s “high-speed” train that runs between Boston and Washington. I’m a huge fan of this service and take it to New York, my current destination, several times each year. It is far superior to driving the route and in all but the most ideal cases, beats the time it takes to fly between the two cities (considering that the train goes city to city and not airport to airport).
The Northeast travel corridor (Boston-New York-Washington) is one of the most highly traveled routes in the US. As such, there are several choices on how to make the trip and a huge infrastructure has been put in place to support such journies. Air travel would seem to be the best way, considering the flight is about 45 minutes. But then there’s getting to the airport, airport security, weather, getting transportation after you land and traveling to your final destination. The train leaves from within the city, in my experience, departs pretty much on time, is rarely impacted by weather and gets you within blocks of your destination at arrival. Nice.
For some reason, many people don’t take the train, prefering the air or even car route. I don’t get it. The Acela trains are clean, comfortable and pretty fast. I have a 110v outlet next to my seat and I have cell coverage for almost the entire route. Today, I arrived at the terminal 14 minutes before my train, picked up my tickets at an electronic kiosk and still had to wait for an on-time train. The train left 4 minutes after I boarded.
If you find yourself moving between cities in the Northeast (mid-Atlantic, too), give it a try. It really is a great way to travel. Relatively speaking, of course.