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New Jersey Transit to Atlantic City: A winner's kind of ride

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Who enjoys traveling to Atlantic City? If anyone drives or takes a motor coach, either way is a tremendous waste of chips. Taking the train to Atlantic City gives a whole new meaning to the term “high roller”. After the cancellation of New Jersey Transit's ACES train, once again there was no convenient rail connection between the New York area and Atlantic City. Despite the cancellation, avid Atlantic City travelers still have a “winning hand”. New Jersey Transit features a smorgasbord of transfer points and ample train service on a daily basis. Atlantic City visitors can’t have a better way to head for the casinos and enjoy a few rounds of Roulette, Craps, trying their luck at the slot machines. Even better, some just enjoy indulging themselves at the all-you-can eat buffets.

From the New York area, New Jersey Transit can’t be a more convenient way of heading for the casinos and the shore life of Atlantic City. From New York Penn Station, casino patrons can board a train and head for Trenton on the Northeast Corridor Line. Passengers traveling to Atlantic City from the suburbs can connect with the Northeast Corridor Line at Secaucus Junction. Aside from Secaucus Junction, Northeast Corridor Line trains also stop at major stations including Newark Penn Station, Newark-Liberty International Airport (EWR), and Edison, and New Brunswick.

The trip to Trenton is very quick. The ride is less than an hour. After arriving in Trenton, passengers will then connect to the New Jersey Transit light rail train. Passengers will board the River Line south to Pennsauken Transit Center. The light rail ride is under an hour. At Pennsauken Transit Center, passengers will connect to New Jersey Transit’s Atlantic City Line. The Atlantic City line originates at Philadelphia's 30th Street Station. The trip from Pennsauken to Atlantic City is an hour and fifteen minutes. It may sound like a dog leg of a route, but the pleasure of taking the train to the glitz and glamor of the casino life is much more comfortable than sitting on a cramped motor coach. Even worse, who wants to be sitting in a traffic jam on the Atlantic City Expressway?

What is the cost of taking the train to Atlantic City? The combined round-trip fare is approximately $40.00. The combined disabled/senior citizens fare is $20.00. The Atlantic City Rail Terminal is located adjacent to the Atlantic City Convention Center. The hotels are a quick five minute taxi ride away. For those who may be attending professional events such as the New Jersey Educators Association (NJEA) Convention, the train is the perfect form of transportation. Those who choose to take a motor coach have to change buses at whichever hotel their motor coach arrives at. The major disadvantage is that the motor coach bays at the hotels are a choke point. At often times, motor coaches have to wait on long lines just to enter and drop off their passengers. It is a waste of valuable time, it makes the trip much longer, and there is often much confusion. For a comfortable three-hour train ride versus an uncomfortable three-hour bus ride, the train provides Atlantic City visitors the opportunity to get their “game face” on and get ready to roll the dice.

Anyone would ask why would they want to take a three-legged train ride from the New York area to Atlantic City. Everyone is so used to taking a motor coach to Atlantic City or just plain driving. The answer is plain and simple. Taking a motor coach is too conventional and worn out. A motor coach is not the answer to transportation issues, especially concerning Atlantic City. If Atlantic City visitors wish to have a more exciting experience while enjoying a day of gambling, they have their answer. If no one has ever ridden on a New Jersey Transit light rail train before, they’re a real treat. If no one has ever ridden on a New Jersey Transit train before, this is their opportunity to experience it for themselves. If they have taken the train out of the New York area to New Jersey shore towns including Belmar and Bay Head, taking the train to Atlantic City is truly a train riding experience not to be missed. It is truly a winning ride.

Now...isn’t that a lot classier way to the casinos than sharing a motor coach with the everyday crowd? Atlantic City goers can bet on it five-to-one. The ride is just a toss of the dice away. Atlantic City goers can place their bets at www.NJTransit.com.

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