My friend Ben pointed out a good article from Boston Magazine’s blog entitled, Why Amtrak is Better than Flying. I regularly visit NYC and often use the high speed train, Acela, from Amtrak on my visits.
According to the post, Amtrak accounts for 54% of the air/rail trips between NYC and Boston and 75% of trips between NYC and DC. The reasons are easy to understand, the faster service of Acela, being treated like a person, and more reliable on-time service all help.
The fact that my 6’1″ frame can comfortably sit in the seats is another perk. I only point this out after reading The Boston Globe article from Monday about airlines reducing legroom, Airlines cut deeper into standard legroom.
Certainly, train travel could be improved – notably between Boston and NYC where the term “high speed” sometimes is more in theory than reality – but hopefully with more funding that will happen shortly. As for air travel, there is nothing on the horizon that gives me hope that the experience will get better.