I love the Acela. If you’ve taken the Acela, you love it to. It is everything travel should be – comfortable, convenient and (at least for the U.S.’ non-high-speed-rail lines) fast. There are plugs at every seats. Seats have more than ample legroom. You are not molested upon boarding. You can arrive 1 minute before the train leaves. There is a quiet car where other people – just like me – go completely freaking nuts if you so much as whisper into a cellphone. How much do people like it? Your $400 ticket does not include a soda. And nobody complains about that.
And now – finally – Amtrak enters the 21st century and will offer free (yes, free!) Wi-Fi on all Acela trains, and in stations along the way. This made my day. You can have your first class suites on Singapore. I’ll take the Acela, thanks.