Who here rides the train?
Today I took the train from Charlotte to Greensboro. The main reason I this was to save money on my flight to Tampa. Flying from Charlotte to Tampa and back was almost $1,000. Yet I can fly out of Greensboro back to Charlotte, connect on the same flight going to Tampa and then fly back to Charlotte for $719. If I had flown back into Greensboro the saving would have been even greater! However, my plan for Tuesday evening is to attend a 7-on-7; so I don’t have time to travel back from Greensboro to Charlotte.
In addition I had business I could address in Greensboro, so it made sense to go there and fly to Tampa.
For $15 I purchased a ticket from Charlotte to Greensboro. An additional $8 put me in business class. The drive from Charlotte to Greensboro would have cost almost $15 dollars just for gas! The train stopped in Kannapolis, Salisbury and High Point.
The only hassle was after I arrived in Greensboro someone had to pick me up. And then when it was time to go to the airport someone had to drive me there. I need to work those details out because I’d like to do this more often.
Greensboro has a nice train station; Charlotte is the pits compared to Greensboro.
Riding up to Greensboro I couldn’t help but notice how far behind the US is compared to Japan in mass transit. The trains between cities in Japan are electric and they are fast and smooth. The first class seats are also very comfortable; big seats for a Japanese person and a nice size seats for an American, even a big guy like me!
I am curious if anyone else is taking or has considered taking the train for the travels?