I'm looking at getting the train from Boston to New York. Acela's best time seems to be around the 3h20 minute mark, but costs nearly $200 single. Northeast Regional takes about 4h10, but is significantly cheaper than Acela at about $79. There is about 90 nonstop flights between BOS and NYC, which booking at short notice looks to be between $150-200, down to about $70 further out. Flight time is about 45 minutes (I have got a connecting flight like that in the past), which is one of the shortest I've ever done, take off, cruise for about 5 minutes, then start landing. Megabus comes in at about 4h40 and is about $10. Basically, the train is really uncompetitive in my eyes. I will probably get NER as I can't stand coaches, but does anyone know if there are upgrades planned on this corridor? It seems like one of the most perfect markets for 'improved' rail service.