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Old 02-19-2009, 01:25 PM
 
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Smile Amtrak : Charlotte to NewJersey/NewYork

I travel every week from Charlotte NC to NewJersey. There is no train that can fit the business travel need - to reach office by about 9am and start back to Charlotte by about 6pm.

The current trains are all day trains - if I take the train I loose the whole day. I am looking for a way to request for a change of train timing to fit the business travel need. Reach destination by 8am and return starts at 6pm.

With the current state of economy, travel on work has become almost mandatory - I am not planning to move every time i change job/project.

Who can we request for a change of timing ? To fit a Monday-Thursday business traveller between Charlotte - NewYork area.
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Old 02-19-2009, 01:33 PM
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contact Amtrak.
I doubt anything can be done considering the train stops in most of the small towns along the route.
It also has to give way to freight trains and that can take up considerable amount of time.
Your best bet for quick travel airlines or car travel
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Old 02-19-2009, 02:14 PM
 
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DH and I just traveled by car from Charlotte to NJ last week. It took us 11 hours. Our route was 77 to 81 to 78 to 287.

I'm sure the route could be done a bit quicker, but we stopped frequently to give our dog a chance to stretch his legs and take care of business.

Last time I flew from Charlotte to Newark, the flight time was roughly 90 minutes (plus, of course, the time spent waiting for a gate to open in Newark, LOL).

I think flying is going to be your best bet since you have to be at your office by a certain time.
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Old 02-19-2009, 02:24 PM
 
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CLT to EWK tickets are pretty cheap, really, if you book them ahead. Seems you could do that if you have a regular schedule for that route. I bet the tickets are no cheaper to ride Amtrak. And let's face it - this ain't Europe. You are not gonna get a Silver Bullet that travels 200 mph here in the USA.
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Old 02-19-2009, 02:54 PM
 
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sirish, writing to Amtrak certainly won't get anywhere. Write your congresspeople and senators. That won't get you anywhere either, but they are the higher authority. Doesn't Amtrak get a lot of govt dollars? Everyone else does, they probably do too. The best you could hope for would be a thoughtful reply, written by a human being that responds directly to your concerns (not a form letter) and explains that a train would have to leave Charlotte at midnight in order to reach New York in time for a business traveler and there is not enough demand to justify that schedule.
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Old 02-19-2009, 03:45 PM
 
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I think I saw something about an Express Charlotte - DC train as part of the Stimulas plan which would take aprox 6 hr. Still another 2 hrs to NY plus who know's when it will be built. I think a plane is your best bet.
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Old 02-19-2009, 07:09 PM
 
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Last year I heard that Amtrak was looking to extend the Acela train from DC to Charlotte. This was on a local station in Philadelphia.

I would suggest writing to Amtrak & your senators & congressmen.

It can't hurt.
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Old 02-20-2009, 06:56 AM
 
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I think I saw something about an Express Charlotte - DC train as part of the Stimulas plan which would take aprox 6 hr. Still another 2 hrs to NY plus who know's when it will be built. I think a plane is your best bet.
There was something about this in the paper last week. I'd love to see this as it would be nicer than driving back to the old stomping grounds (DC/MD).

But to the OP - I agree with the other posters - your best bet is to fly the friendly skies.
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Old 02-20-2009, 07:03 AM
 
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At the present time, flying is probably your best best. However, check into taking Amtrak to Philly. Then check into the commuter lines from Philly/South Jersey to NYC. I wouldn't do it on a regular basis, but it might give you more flexibility.
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Old 02-20-2009, 07:06 AM
 
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Can't you use the company jet?
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