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Old 01-28-2007, 08:57 PM
 
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Is there anyone here who commutes on amtrak between philly and DC? I am considering a job there, but would not be in a position to relocate immediately. How is the train ride, I am thinking the acela express--any thoughts?
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Old 06-19-2013, 10:23 PM
 
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Well, if you want to try the Acela Express, it will cost you $110 bucks one way every day. If you can afford that, hats off to you!
The other way is the slower Northeast Regional. That cost $50 bucks and is twenty minutes more than the Acela.
(The Acela takes 1 hour and 28, the Regional takes 1:49).

The trip is fairly fast for a train ride. They also offer WiFi on each ride, so you can get an early start on work. It's a nice and quiet ride (quiet cars), and they serve beverage and refreshments (at a price). You might want to being an iPod or iPad with you.

The train drops you off at 30th St. So you will have to walk out and over to the Market Frankford line to ride into Center City, and then will have to walk. You're looking at one long morning my friend!

If you chose to Greyhound this sucker, it would cost you $15 bucks each way, and would take 3 hours and 20 mins, getting you to Center City (at the earliest 11:05). I don't recommend the cheap $10 Chinatown buses, they nearly never work...
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Old 06-20-2013, 07:10 AM
 
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I think the OP would be buying a monthly pass. Not cheap but certainly cheaper than paying cash every day.

I knew someone who lived in NoVa who commuted 2x per week to Wilmington for 2 months and someone who did Philly to DC 1-2x per week for 12 weeks - they were both for projects so when it was over they went back to their normal routines.

If work is paying for it or if you're making enough money to pull it off for a few months go for it but it's not going to be fun.
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Old 06-20-2013, 07:41 AM
 
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I had a professor who commuted DC to Newark NJ 2 to 3 times a week for two years...then he got a job at American U.
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Old 06-20-2013, 09:26 AM
 
Location: back in Philadelphia!
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If you chose to Greyhound this sucker, it would cost you $15 bucks each way, and would take 3 hours and 20 mins, getting you to Center City (at the earliest 11:05). I don't recommend the cheap $10 Chinatown buses, they nearly never work...
In my experience, the Chinatown buses have been more reliable than Greyhound, but YMMV.
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Old 06-20-2013, 01:25 PM
 
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I believe most if not all the Chinatown buses got shut down by the fed govt for being unsafe.
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Old 06-20-2013, 01:28 PM
 
Location: Philly
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I believe most if not all the Chinatown buses got shut down by the fed govt for being unsafe.
they still exist but most of them go to ny (and yes, there are fewer of them). oddly, they provide a waiting room and bathroom unilke bolt or megabus. any way you slice it, you don't want to take a bus for work in DC. way too long
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Old 06-20-2013, 03:12 PM
 
Location: Vineland, NJ
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I couldn't imagine someone commuting from Philly to DC without using Acela Express. Driving and using multiple buses would take up too much time.
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Old 06-21-2013, 10:29 AM
 
Location: East Mt Airy, Philadelphia
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Is there anyone here who commutes on amtrak between philly and DC? I am considering a job there, but would not be in a position to relocate immediately. How is the train ride, I am thinking the acela express--any thoughts?
As someone already pointed out, you pay a lot more on the Acela for only a modest gain in travel time. If your employer is picking up some or part of the cost, the Acela might be worth it. Otherwise, go by "regular" train and hope you won't have this commute for very long.
Any possibility of telecommuting a couple of days per week? It may not be possible when you're a brand-new employee, but maybe soon after that?
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Old 06-21-2013, 10:43 AM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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The person hasn't posted in over six years - probably not still following the thread.
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