Shuttle Train Planned from N.Y.C to A.C.

A new shuttle train service between New York and Atlantic City is slated to be launched in 2007 to ramp up access to the gaming destination.

The Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, a New Jersey state agency, and three Atlantic City hotels — Borgata, Caesars and Harrah's — have sourced from Amtrak two four-car commuter trains, which will be retrofitted with upgraded dining, bar and seating areas. New Jersey Transit will operate the trains.

Tom Carver, the Authority's executive director, said the train service would allow Atlantic City to tap in particular the segment of groups that cannot afford direct limousine services but desire a higher level of accommodations than bus services.

"It's an experimental program, but the industry is very much convinced it's going to be successful," said Carver.

He said at least 25 percent of the seats will be open to the general public, while the remainder will be blocked by the participating casinos for their customers.

Trains will run mostly on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, with limited service on Mondays and Thursdays, depending on Northeast Corridor line availability. Exact schedules and fares have not yet been set.