Usually I drive to visit my daughter in Brooklyn, but with last weekend’s pending snowstorm, I decided to take the Acela from South Station to Penn Station.
View from the Acela window
The Acela is more convenient and much faster than the usual Amtrak train, although more expensive. My train was crowded in both directions with mostly business-types, each entertaining an array of personal electronic gadgets spread about. No passenger had less than three electronic devices, including a laptop or ipad, a phone, and some type of blackberry.
I very much enjoyed taking the train and it was delightful to work while looking out at the passing scenery, and equally delightful not to have to worry about my car once in Brooklyn. It’s an extravagance I can only justify when the weather is bad because when I drive my Prius to NYC it costs less than 75., including tolls and refreshments along the way, compared to the 340.00 round trip Acela fare. Of course there is always the Fung Wah Bus, but then you run the risk of death by heart attack or crash, or both.