The train has a long, romantic history with America, from whisking hopeful migrants westward, to whisking Presidents between stump speeches, to whisking licentious gamblers between New York and Atlantic City for nights of sumptuous dining, wild entertainment, and inappropriate pantslessness. Actually, that last one was only a dream -- until now, with the launch of Atlantic City Express Service.
Operating Friday-Sunday, ACES is a double-decker line running virtually direct (one quick Newark stop) between The City That Never Sleeps and The City That Don't Even Nap. As for fare options, there are as many as there are Karate Kids not starring Hilary Swank: Coach, with leather seats, food & bev kiosks, and alcoholic opportunities; First Class, on the upper-level, with private service and even larger leather seats; and a spacious, rentable Lounge where you and your cohorts can enjoy adult beverages, music, movies and, if you've got particularly handsy friends, chair massages. From NY Penn Station to Downtown AC takes just 2 hours, 40 minutes, with free shuttle service to the Borgata, Caesars, and Harrah's Resort -- sparing you the indignity of paying a cabbie as it rushes you towards the privilege of paying a blackjack dealer.
Service starts Friday, but you can buy tickets now by following the slot-machine-simple instructions at acestrain.com. Before you know it, you'll be in AC, feasting, gambling, and making a wild, inappropriately pantsless oration people will forevermore call "The Stump Speech".