Looking at the Amtrak schedules, it is showing me Providence to Boston taking between 48 minutes (Acela) and 62 minutes (Regional) which is....astonishingly slow for a 42 mile trip.

Am I imaging it, or is this not a good 10 minutes slower than a decade ago?

In my mind, I was thinking the Acela doing the trip in 35 minutes compared to 70 for the MBTA trip, which is substantial.

Edit: I was right. Exactly 35 minutes!

Edit 2: Wait, the current timetable also shows 35 minutes, why does the ticket purchase screen show much longer trip times?

Edit 3: Apparently northbound takes significantly longer than southbound, which is why I was seeing different numbers.

But regardless, the fastest Acela on the schedule is 33 minutes, while the fastest MBTA is about 68 minutes. Thats a significant time savings. A round trip commuter would save 1 hour a day, and I would estimate they would pay a premium - but not an Acela premium (Amtrak charges $40 for a value seat on an Acela between Boston and Providence...one way)