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Jamaica, NY
reply to NickD

Re: I see a lot of ignorance...

Acela rarely runs faster than the Regionals because of signaling/track conditions, and saves only 20 mins in the end from NY to DC when comparing an express regional (or former metroliner) with acela (always express). Most of the time savings just comes with the fact that Acela skips many more stations than the regionals. I do prefer Amtrak over the buses since Amtrak holds connecting trains for its non-NEC service. Amtrak has bathrooms with running water. Usually a snack car (no 10 minute mad dash to the convenience store and it's bathroom). Amtrak has electrical outlets everywhere, Greyhound basically no (you might be lucky if you pick the right brand, and you happen to get a new bus). Amtrak seats are a little, or alot more roomy than the bus too. Amtrak is just a much better experience than the bus for a modestly higher price.