|by Sean O'Neill||Train Travel, New Jersey, Atlantic City||217|
It's the moment that Atlantic City officials have dreamed of for years—no, decades. An express service rail link between New York City's Penn Station and Atlantic City is set to open on February 6. The train will only run on weekends, making only one stop (in Newark). The train cars will be fancier than standard New Jersey transit trains, with leather seating, food and beverage kiosks, and a first-class upper deck with waitstaff.
From the train station in Atlantic City, passengers will be able to hop onto a free shuttle service to Caesars Atlantic City, Harrah's Resort Atlantic City, and the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa. Prices will start at $50 for one-way coach seat and $75 for one-way first class seat, which is about par with service of a comparable length and quality on Amtrak between New York City and Philadelphia.
Schedules for weekend service will be announced soon on acestrain.com.
Greyhound offers bus tickets for about $25 in one direction.