New Jersey gambling mecca bets on express trains to deliver more New Yorkers and boost revenues

New York residents seeking to spend a day or several gambling at casinos in Atlantic City will have a quicker and more affordable way to get ther.

The Atlantic City Express train service set to launch in mid-February will connect New York’s Penn Station with Harrah’s Resort, Caesars Atlantic City and the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa. One-way fare for the trip will be $50 for coach and $75 for first class. The higher-cost ticket includes food and beverage service.

Atlantic City casinos hope the trains will bring in more customers, thus boosting their revenues, which have been down in recent months due to the slumping economy.

The train service will be the first connecting New York with Atlantic City directly since Amtrak discontinued its runs in a cost-cutting move several years ago.