On April 26, five northeast states will hold primaries which is being labeled as the "Acela Primary" as the political shorthand for the next week. Shows how the Acela has succeeded in becoming a key brand name and tag for the media & political class to use in the Northeast. I suspect it may get a lot of use in the coming week on the cable networks with so much airtime to fill in the endless Presidential race coverage. Free advertising for Amtrak; whether it will make any difference in ridership down the road or not, who knows?
Washington Post article: Can Clinton and Trump ride to big victories in next week’s ‘Acela primary’?
Former Governor Rendell used it in a quote:
Together with New York, the states voting in next week’s Acela primary — named after the high-speed Amtrak train that travels through them — should effectively put the nomination out of reach for Sanders, said former Pennsylvania governor Edward Rendell, a Clinton backer.
“The math will be too hard,” Rendell said. “My guess is she will be up by 300 delegates, and after the Acela primary there are only six, seven, eight opportunities left, and the only really big one is California. That’s not enough.”
I put this post into the Rail Advocacy Forum because any discussion about the use of "Acela Primary" is going to veer into politics.