Saturday, May 8 is the third annual National Train Day. Trains play an important part in the history of the US and many other countries. They are a convenient, relaxing mode of travel. Train travel continues to increase in a popularity that is partially fuelled by ever-increasing airline prices. Stable prices are another incentive to travel by train, especially in the Northeast Corridor.
Many airline customers feel the sting of baggage charges. This has not been an issue for train travelers; Amtrak allows each passenger to check 150 pounds of luggage (3 bags at no more than 50 pounds each) free of charge.
It’s more convenient to travel by train. Simply arrive 30 minutes early and stroll to your platform; you don’t have to stand in line or run through a security check. If you must work on the ride into the office then you will enjoy the high tech friendliness of train travel. Train travel allows the riders to read the daily newspaper, enjoy a leisurely cup of coffee, or admire the scenery. Each passenger enjoys more room than they would on an airplane and moving about is not dependent on an ok from a seatbelt sign.
Don’t forget to check train schedules when planning your next meeting. Train travel reduces costs and increases productivity.