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Amtrak makes discounts permanent

According to the Washington Business Journal, Amtrak is making discounts on its Northeast Regional fares permanent. The rail agency began offering the discounts, which require advance purchase last year. They were set to expire at the end of March, the Washington Business Journal reported.

Check Amtrak's Web site for the latest sample fares, which include trips between:

-- Philadelphia and Washington: $35
-- Baltimore and Washington: $11
-- Wilmington and Washington: $32
-- Newark and Washington: $49
-- New York and Washington: $49

Amtrak's Web site lists blackout dates, including some dates around Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's.

By Michael Bolden  |  March 30, 2010; 1:59 PM ET
Categories:  Advisories , holiday travel  | Tags: Amtrak  
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Thanks for the word Dr. G. Just bought a round trip for a day trip in May.

Posted by: anarcho-liberal-tarian | March 30, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Heh heh. No thanks.

I'll take the bus at less than half the cost.

Posted by: afsljafweljkjlfe | March 30, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Competition is great! I used to rent a car because the train was so expensive!

Posted by: wpjunk | March 30, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Bout time they came up with reasonable fares. Used to be that with advance purchase, Southwest Airlines to Long Island was quite a bit cheaper than the train.

Posted by: thetan | March 30, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Great, great. This is good, and it's about time. Now, if only we can get Amtrak to shorten the advance purchase requirement time. 14 days seems to be entirely way too much.

Posted by: pikamander007 | March 31, 2010 1:43 AM | Report abuse

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