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Maybe I sound like a broken record, but taking the train between NYC and Boston is far easier and more time efficient than flying and less stressful than driving, so I’m a big proponent of Amtrak and the Northeast Corridor.
Now, weekend service between the two cities is set to be even more easier, with the addition of new roundtrips. Per the Boston Globe, starting April 8, customers taking the Acela between NYC and Boston will have more options on Saturday mornings and Sunday afternoons.
According to Amtrak:
Acela Express has long been the preferred premium choice for travelers between Washington, New York and Boston,” said Mark Yachmetz, Amtrak Vice President of NEC Business Development. “Our responsibility is to listen to our customers and continually improve our product to make sure Amtrak is always recognized as a smarter way to travel.
Added Saturday Service
Saturday will see the addition of a new morning departure from Boston, leaving the city at 6:10 am, which will get travelers to NY Penn Station around 9:45 am. This will increase Acela service from three to four times daily, and overall service from 12 to 13 times daily.
(READ MORE: Amtrak NYC to Boston Review)
Added Sunday Service
Sunday sees an afternoon round trip will leave Boston at 12:10 pm and arrive in NYC at 3:46 pm. This train will then head back to Boston, leaving Penn Station at just after 5:00pm, getting to Boston just before 9:00 pm. This will increase Acela service from five to six times daily, and overall service from 15 to 15 times daily.
(READ MORE: Amtrak Acela Business Class Review)
More service is always a good thing for consumers: it adds more seats to the market and gives more opportunities for travel on the weekend. With the additional roundtrip service, there are an additional ~300 seats per day, per direction. I know for me, expanded services on Sunday afternoons will make coming home from family visits easier, and hopefully less crowded!
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