I'm aware of the NYP Mezzanine "loophole" to avoid Amtrak's mess that is their NYP boarding process, and have done additional research on the subject. I've read on a few sites that Amtrak has been sporadically stationing ATP at the Mezzanine track entrances to stop this in the last few years, but it wasn't with any regularity. The most recent information I could find on the status of this was from last year. My question is this: Has Amtrak closed the "loophole" or can I still board their trains from the Mezzanine level? The reason I ask is that I'm taking the Acela from NYP to WAS at the beginning of August, and would like to avoid Amtrak's stupidity if I can. One other related question: Does Amtrak board passengers directly from the Acela lounge at NYP (like they do at the other stations with lounges), or do you have to board like everyone else? (I have a first-class upgrade, so I will most likely be traveling in First, and therefore have access to the Acela lounge). I've gotten the impression from some sites that NYP's Club Acela does not board passengers like all the other lounges do. (I realize that I've started several new threads over the last few days and I want to make sure that I'm not posting too many. I do try to search for previous threads that may answer my questions before posting a new one. My intention is not to spam the forum).