TO ALL PATRIOTS:
We have been looking for ways to make it easier for our Patriots to get to the September 12 Event in Washington, DC, at the least expense. My approach has been to offer the alternative of travel by rail, which has some advantages you may not be aware of.
We have done this several times for rallies in Washington, and it worked pretty well.
Basically it is probably one of the least expensive, most comfortable, and least time away from home method of getting to the 912 DC Rally and back. Amtrak runs a train daily from Miami to Washington and return, with stops enroute that fit our needs precisely. We board during the morning/afternoon of September 11th (depending on where you board) and arrive at Washington, DC Union Station at about 0730 the morning of the 12th. We spend all day at the Rally and then board the train for return at 1930 (07:30 PM) that evening. Thus there is no need for expensive lodgings or transportation in the DC area. We arrive at the various stations during the afternoon of 9/13. Dining Car and Club Car (snacks and drinks) facilities are available on the Train. For those less hardy souls, a sleeper car is also available (extra cost of course).
The actual cost will depend on whether we have enough passengers at the boarding station to qualify for Group Travel (20% additional discount from already discounted fares), and your boarding location. There are also special additional discounts available for those who qualify. Example: Standard Round trip fare (before Group Discount) from ORLANDO to DC and return is approximately $194.00. With a 20% Group discount that would be reduced to $155 R/T. Other additional discounts of as much as 15% may apply. A senior (62+) would pay about $132 Round Trip. Any veteran could get the same discount. A AAA member would pay about $140 R/T. Children get a 50% discount.
One big advantage for this scenario is there is no cost of overnight lodgings required, nor is any other transportation needed.
The Washington DC Union Station is within close walking distance from our event sites on the Mall, and is also adjacent to the Washington Metro System.
The other obvious advantage is that each rider has a wider, almost flat reclining seat, conducive to sleep, available on the Train, in addition to lots of movement room.
In summary one gets on the train in the early afternoon of September 11th and arrives in Washington, only a short walk from the Event, early the next morning (12th). Later that day after the events, in the early evening one boards the return train, and arrives home mid morning the following day (13th). No other trip related transportation is required. Total R/T cost for a Senior or ex military rider is $159.00 R/T. Triple A member pays $168.00, child pays half-fare.
We are signing people up for the trip from Ft. Lauderdale and Jacksonville now and could certainly add an ORLANDO or other Group of 20 or more. With a total of about 56 riders, we could have a PATRIOTS private car, which could be a lot of fun and partying.
Since signups are happening quickly, we would like to know if anybody is interested. If so please email me at email@example.com (preferred), call to 954-885-5562 , FAX to 954-450-0131, or go to our website (http://patriotsforamerica.ning.com
) and leave a comment on the "Ride the Rails to DC 9-12" Blog story. Again, as Reserved Seats are filled, ticket prices start going up. Unless intentions are made known very soon, the above stated rates can not be guaranteed. For any questions, contact me at the email or phone numbers above.
Finally, this is just another alternative travel method for members to consider. I am NOT a travel agent, just another Patriot like you, trying to help get as many of us as possible to DC.