Atlantic City casinos are funding more train service from NYC
According to the Philadelphia Inquirer (as reposted by the biglittler blog here), Atlantic City casinos are getting together to fund the operating deficit of express train service between New York City and their boardwalk to appeal to 25-34 year olds who don't like sitting in traffic. The casinos are contracting with NJ Transit to operate the trains.
The casinos are buying the trainsets themselves, which is great, since we need more entities in the trainset buying business.
I'm a big fan of Amtrak (in fact, I'll be catching an Illinois train to Champaign in five hours), but the more entities we get buying trains and finding operators to run them, the better off we'll be.
Congratulations to the Atlantic City casinos for their vision. If we ever get a casino in Chicago (to help finance infrastructure like.....trains), I hope that casino will decide to finance additional train service. Maybe the Northwest Indiana casinos should get in that business now.