As Mr. Norman states, the 19 Crescent is very convenient for Atlanta travel from WAS. I'll never forget showing up to National Airport in January at 5:30 PM and seeing my Delta flight "On-Time" and watching a tug pulling baggage through the slush. I knew my flight wasn't leaving. I called "Julie" (dating myself) and got a ticket on the Crescent back home; I got to Union Station at 6, there was no line at the checkin desk and I asked if they still had a room. Got the last one. When I showed up at my meeting the next morning at 10 AM in downtown Atlanta (after having dinner with the Chief Justice of the Georgia Supreme Court, taking the MARTA 110 bus and showering at home), several of my colleagues ask how I got home since half the staff was still stuck in Washington. (It was at that big transportation geek conference some of you may know as TRB). BTW, you can still book Amtrak through the federal travel system. You just can't take any Acela trains.
Atlanta - within two and a half hours of . . . the edge of its suburbs