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Business trips by train? How bad is your fear of flying?

This story appears in the January 2002 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Never mind that air travel remains one of the safest ways to travel, at least statistically speaking. Never mind that additional security precautions are now in place to prevent a repeat of the September 11 terrorist attacks that leveled the World Trade Center in New York and punched a hole in the Pentagon. More business travelers are looking to the train as an alternative to air travel-and they're finding that in many instances, traveling by rail is the right choice.

Trains are often the fastest way between popular business destinations. They're convenient, with many amenities you'd never find on a plane (everything from ample legroom to abundant laptop power connections).Plus, trains are terrific networking opportunities. Where else can you stand up, walk to the bar, strike up a conversation and even use your cell phone-while traveling at 150 miles per hour?

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