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The DC Insider’s Guide to the Acela

Illustration by Andrew Archer.

It’s become a political prop as well as a political punching bag. But mainly it’s still just the most efficient way to get from Washington to New York. Below, an express guide to our (sort of) high-speed train.

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Benjamin Freed joined Washingtonian in August 2013 and covers politics, business, and media. He was previously the editor of DCist and has also written for Washington City Paper, the New York Times, the New Republic, Slate, and BuzzFeed. He lives in Adams Morgan.

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Elaina Plott joined Washingtonian in June 2016 as a staff writer. She has written about her past life as an Ann Coulter fangirl, how the Obamas changed Washington, and the rise and fall of Roll Call. She previously covered Congress for National Review. Her writing has appeared in the New York Observer, GQ, and Harper’s Bazaar.