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Baltimore is burning!

OK. Now that I have your attention, let’s all take a deep breath and check out the latest “buzz” from the local Baltimore CBS affiliate. (Die hard railfans should self-administer a stiff shot of Scotch straight-up.)

Aug 13, 2007 10:15 pm US/Eastern

Amtrak Drops Baltimore Stop On Acela Express

ImageRichard Sher

(WJZ) BALTIMORE Amtrak says it is meeting customer demand by bypassing Baltimore’s Penn Station on one nortbound Acela Express train and one southbound Acela train each weekday, saving 10 minutes.

There are still 12 north and 12 southbound Acelas daily stopping in Baltimore, but the 6:50 a.m. out of New York and the 3:55 p.m. out of Washington are passing Charm City by.

“We certainly don’t want to slight our Baltimore passengers. We’re just meeting the demands of passengers in our top three markets: New York, Washington and Philadelphia,” Amtrak spokeswoman Karina Romero told Richard Sher.

Baltimore is the eighth most popular Amtrak market, with 910,000 passengers annually.

“I don’t think it’s a slight, but 10 minutes!” Mayor Sheila Dixon said.

“I’m surprised Amtrak made this decision. This is a very busy market for them. If anything, the number of Acelas between New York and Washington should be increased,” said regular Acela rider George Stamas.

Mayor Dixon plans to contact Amtrak to ask that they reconsider their decision.

Now, let’s take a long hard look at this item.

Those of us who closely follow transportation topics should drop down on our knees and thank the Good Lord Up Above that there is a reporter on a television station somewhere in this great and glorious land of Liberty reporting that there is any value in Amtrak service.

Let us be grateful that there is a city that wants MORE Amtrak service and is, by all accounts, ready to fight for it.

Mr. Sher has certainly, by this report, merited the ultimate punishment, beheading under the wheels of the 8444, I beg for mercy. Of all the possible misinformed and stupid things that might have been reported, this is fairly benign stuff. Heck, it borders on the truth if you like at it from Baltimore’s position.

Now, Baltimore, I expect you guys to lighten up now. Trenton and Wilmington have not been griping and complaining, so just settle down.

You can all get back to work now.

Filed under: Amtrak

One Response

  1. Nikolas says:

    Baltimore was not dropped. They just were not added to the two additional ‘super’ express sets. The train that leaves 5 minutes later does stop and will continue to stop in Baltimore. What a blathering sensationalist.

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