Take a Trip on the Surfliner - West Coast
A trip on the Pacific Surfliner can be as simple as a few miles or to San Diego or Santa Barbara. Just about every train station along the route has an interesting attraction within walking distance. Popular stops include Mission San Juan Capistrano, San Clemente Pier, Old Town San Diego, and State Street Santa Barbara. Onboard snack bars and bathrooms make the train a convenient travel option for elder and younger passengers.
High Speed Rail - East Coast
The Acela Express is a special high-speed Amtrak service that runs from Boston to Washington, D.C., stopping in New Haven, Connecticut, New York, Philadelphia and Baltimore. It runs at 150 miles an hour and makes fewer stops than the regular passenger trains. Amenities specially designed for business travelers include electrical outlets at each seat, conference tables and adjustable lighting. Amtrak has plans to improve high-speed rail service along the Northeast corridor, with trains operating at speeds up to 220 miles an hour and more than triple the present number of daily departures by the time the line is fully built out in 2040. A privately owned company called Northeast Maglev is exploring the idea of building a high-speed magnetic levitation rail line that would allow you to travel from Washington, D.C., to New York in just 60 minutes, at speeds up to 311 miles per hour.