Why does a certain train line that begins with an “A” cost more the later they sell their tickets? Tonight the one-way cost for a ride from Old Saybrook, Connecticut to Boston was $39 at 8:30 p.m. I had to stop the reservation process because some dear friends had invited us to dinner. At 10:30 p.m. when I got back to this, it had gone up to $67. It looked cheap, however, next to the newly hiked rate for the return ride. That one went from $39 at 8:30 to $75 at 10:30. Burning fossil fuel in my car by myself is starting to look mighty cheap right this minute.

What are they saying? Don’t take the train! Don’t rely on the train either, unless you are someone who plans everything three days in advance.

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