Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Amtrak 'Multi-Ride' 2011 Costs - Amtrak Commuter Pass / Monthly Pass for the Philly-NYC Commuter.

2011 pricing and details for the Amtrak 'Multi-Ride' option are below. The Amtrak 'Multi-Ride Ticket' is the best option for anyone considering commuting or currently commuting between Philly and Manhattan on Amtrak. Financially it's the best Amtrak deal for the regular PHL-NYC commuter (it is still a high price to pay, but Northeast Regional trains should be getting WiFi soon if that helps at all), and it is the most convenient since you don't have to buy an individual ticket for each train. You can just hop on nearly any train you want. I haven't discussed the specific costs and details of commuting between Philadelphia and New York City since 2009 so this post is overdue.

From the Amtrak site:
"Multi-Ride Tickets, which allow you to ride multiple times within a set amount of time, are available in monthly, ten-ride, six-ride and two-ride options. Multi-Ride Tickets are not accepted on all routes. Read the Multi-Ride Tickets terms and conditions for travel, reservation and ticket requirements."

These prices I got today from the site and are between stations PHL and NYP
$1,242.00 One Monthly Ticket
The monthly ticket is valid for unlimited travel for an entire calendar month.

$552.00 One Ten-Ride Ticket
The ten-ride ticket is valid for ten rides within a 45-day period.

In January 2009 the costs were $1,152.00 and $512.00 respectively. That's less than a 10% increase but higher than the rate of inflation. Amtrak ridership keeps increasing so if people are willing to pay the prices will continue to go up I'm sure.


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