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Old 06-24-2012, 08:47 PM
 
Location: South Suburbs of Chicago
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I find myself taking the train more often due to less security, lower prices, and less hassle. Are any of you big train riders?
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Old 06-24-2012, 11:50 PM
 
Location: The Chatterdome in La La Land, CaliFUNia
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There are many folks that prefer train travel to plane to avoid the hassles with security checks at the airport, which I can fully understand especially if they are subjected to the pat downs. There are even folks who are afraid of flying so the train is their only option. I commute via train to and from work so when it's time to travel, I prefer to fly. Yes, security is a big hassle but I got the whole routine down pat. I've looked into train tickets as an alternative and have always found that was far cheaper to fly. Unless the train ride was 3 hours or less, I prefer to fly as I don't wish to waste my valuable vacation time on a train when I ride the train regularly.

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Old 06-24-2012, 11:59 PM
 
Location: White House, TN
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I fly because it gets you there faster.
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Old 06-25-2012, 06:38 AM
 
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I live in Connecticut and generally only take the train when going to NYC (local trains, not Amtrak- MTA Metro North). I travel quite a bit for work between Connecticut and DC where Amtrak has frequent routes in the northeast corridor. They are consistently more expensive than flying. Between being more expensive and taking longer, flying always wins. Just last week I was looking into going to Philly, another easy Amtrak trip. Once again, it is cheaper to fly (or even drive), so my company puts me on a plane.
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Old 06-25-2012, 07:23 AM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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I find Commuting to Asia Difficult by train, but once I'm there I use the trains a lot. I certainly DO NOT feel safer on a train (in Asia or USA). Europe I feel Pretty safe, as they are more train centric.

Cost is VERY high on trains compared to low cost airlines around the world. And... if you gotta GET SOMEWHERE FAR... a train can be pretty slow and disruptive. (especially in US, notorious for LATE, VERY Late)

I'll stick with air (tho TAA is an absolute JOKE). Certainly an embarrassment to US Travel, as Public Education is to America's (US) Students.

The Gov gets involved... the efficency and cost go down the tubes. (Healthcare... HORRORS)
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Old 06-25-2012, 10:02 AM
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Location: Eureka CA
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I take the train every chance I get. Hate flying.
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Old 06-25-2012, 12:43 PM
 
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I live in Connecticut and generally only take the train when going to NYC (local trains, not Amtrak- MTA Metro North). I travel quite a bit for work between Connecticut and DC where Amtrak has frequent routes in the northeast corridor. They are consistently more expensive than flying. Between being more expensive and taking longer, flying always wins. Just last week I was looking into going to Philly, another easy Amtrak trip. Once again, it is cheaper to fly (or even drive), so my company puts me on a plane.
In the northeastern part of the USA, taking trains is easier than the rest of the country. When I travel between Connecticut and NYC I often take the bus which tends to be much cheaper than the trains. But within NYC, I tend to take the subway trains which are faster than buses. But if I am going anywhere further than the Greater NYC area (by public transportation) within the USA then it makes sense to fly rather than take a train.
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Old 06-25-2012, 12:46 PM
 
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I find Commuting to Asia Difficult by train, but once I'm there I use the trains a lot. I certainly DO NOT feel safer on a train (in Asia or USA). Europe I feel Pretty safe, as they are more train centric.
Within China between major cities (where I spent nearly 4 months on assignment) I took the high speed trains which were fast, convenient and cost efficient rather than flying.
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Old 06-25-2012, 04:55 PM
 
Location: Miami/ Washington DC
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Unless the train ride is about 3 maybe 4 hours I find flying to be quicker and cheaper. Only times I have taken trains to travel distances was DC-NYC, Overnight in the autotrain and a few places around Europe.
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Old 06-26-2012, 07:34 AM
 
Location: CHicago, United States
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I find myself taking the train more often due to less security, lower prices, and less hassle. Are any of you big train riders?
For me, taking the train isn't convenient and it geneally costs more than flying. And I live in Chicago which is a major hub for Amtrak. And though I'd take the train when traveling in Mexico, passenger service was eliminated 20 years ago. My last trip by rail was on the Empire Builder, from Chicago to Seattle. A wonderful trip.


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