Balerion wrote:... a new timetable effective April 24 shaved a little time off of the ALB-BOS run, mostly due to removing padding from ALB-PIT.
BOS-ALB is now 5:10 (down from 5:40). ALB-BOS is now 4:56 (down from 5:45).
I like it a lot. Srsly. Of course it's still slow. But it sounds much less slow
It used to take "almost 6 hours" and now it only takes "about 5 hours".
With another construction season or two, maybe they can squeeze 10 more minutes out of the Worcester-BOS commuter corridor being upgraded by the MBTA. (Maybe a couple of minutes out of the Albany and Springfield station upgrades, too.) That could allow Amtrak to say that BOS-ALB, like ALB-BOS, takes "less than 5 hours".
C'mon, that "almost 6 hours" schedule sounded like a Loserville Express
for sure. Now "about 5 hours" won't be good, but it won't be so dayum disgraceful.
The "time shavings" at the BOS end also look good for convenience
. I don't have an old timetable, but doesn't this mean the train leaves BOS at 12:50 p.m. instead of 12:20? Making it easier to grab a lunch before boarding. And the return, now in BOS at 8:01 p.m., instead of at "almost 9 o'clock" gives better connections to MBTA and gets you home perhaps by 9 instead of after 10 p.m.
Folks care about this stuff more than whether the train is moving an average of 55 mph or 59 mph. So with better arrival and departure times, it's all good.