Saturday, April 15, 2006
I don't ride NJ Transit's Northeast Corridor Line enough to know the schedule inside and out, but at some point, they started running ultra-express trains at peak times and in peak directions that skip 10 stops along the route. I took one of these yesterday. We left N.Y. Penn Station at 6:01 and pulled into Hamilton, N.J., at 7:01. It technically shaves only about 15 minutes off the regular express train, but there's something about getting there in an hour, having stopped only in Secaucus, Newark, and Princeton Jct., that makes it feel extra speedy. So you can get from the Heights to Downtown Brooklyn, in about the same time it takes to get from Midtown to just outside Trenton. It's almost like living in the 21st century.