Frequent Business Traveler 7/25/2019
Amtrak announced plans to offer non-stop service between New York City and Washington, D.C. in September.
The trains will travel from Pennsylvania Station in New York to Union Station in D.C. in two hours and 35 minutes, making the trip some 25 minutes faster than it currently is. At launch, Amtrak will offer one non-stop southbound train, which will depart Penn Station at 6:35 a.m., and one non-stop northbound train, which will depart Union station at 4:30 p.m.
“The new Acela Nonstop service will have you halfway to your New York City or DC destination in the time it would take you to board a flight,” said Amtrak CEO Richard Anderson, who previously served as Delta Air Lines’ CEO. Delta offers shuttle flights between the two cities from LaGuardia Airport to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, as does American Airlines.
The Acela Express currently takes approximately three hours to travel between New York and Washington, D.C. and it makes intermediate stops in Philadelphia and Baltimore along the way. Amtrak said it plans to continue to offer a quiet car, a first-class car, and a café car on the new route and added that it will announce new amenities that it will offer closer to launch.
The railroad introduced new interiors on its Amtrak Express cars 14 months ago. It expects to introduce completely new trains capable of traveling at 160 mph (258 km/h) with 30% greater capacity for passengers starting in 2021.
Following a successful trial period, United Airlines is increasing the number of airports available on its ConnectionSaver tool.
United Mileage Plus members are now eligible for discounted memberships with Clear, whose biometric security clearance machines provide expedited TSA clearance at 31 U.S. airports.