The long haul from Phila to NYC: Low housing costs here, lucrative jobs there make the commute palatable
Some facts about the Philly-NYC commuter on Amtrak finances from the article:
"Amtrak estimates it pulled in $9.4 million from 220,800 rides on multi-trip tickets on the Philadelphia-New York route in 2007 - an all-time revenue high."
The article states that:
"For most of these commuters, it is real estate that keeps them riding the rails, especially when the average purchase price for a Manhattan apartment is $1.4 million. That can make Amtrak's monthly rail pass seem like a cheap alternative at $1,098, especially when people are willing to move deeper into the suburbs and travel farther to work so they can afford the houses they want."