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Casual Roadtrip III: ThunderTrain Rides Again!

Hoyas,

Casual ThunderTransport is proud to announce the grand return or the four-hour, high-speed blitz through America's picturesque northeast that carries the Hoya Nation's finest from our nation's capital to the City That Never Sleeps for some epic Big East action.

Do not miss the chance to make this thrilling season even more memorable (or maybe more difficult to remember) by joining the dozens and dozens of your fellow dedicated Casualties for a great weekend of Hoya basketball!

Reservations are now available for Train & Game ticket packages for the trip to New York on Friday, January 11.

See below for ordering information and travel details.

This is actually a thing? What exactly is ThunderTrain?

In case you missed out last year, ThunderTrain is like any ordinary Amtrak regional train that runs from DC to NY with one important difference: up to an entire car has been reserved by Georgetown fans for Georgetown fans. The goal is to get as many DC Hoyas as possible (one car seats 72) to the St. John's game. Your friendly Casual organizers have reserved both train seats and tickets to the game, which you can order as a single package.

Interesting. When is this happening?

ThunderTrain 2013 will depart from DC's Union Station on Friday, January 11, which is the day before the game. Right now we are slated to take Amtrak Train # 188- Northeast Regional departing DC at 7:10 PM and arriving in NY's Penn Station at 10:34 PM. The Georgetown - St. John's game tips at 11:00 AM(!?) on Saturday, January 12.

How much will this cost?

The Train & Game package, which includes a one-way ticket from DC to NY and a seat somewhere in the upper levels of MSG for the game, is now capped at $100. Final price is yet to be determined by our working deal with St. John's/MSG. Last year's offer was around $85, so riders can expect something between there and $100. Game Seats will be located together in groups of at least 25.

Great! Where do I sign up?

All reservation requests should be sent to CasualThunderTransport@gmail.com. Please include your name, email address, phone number, and the number of Train & Game packages (seats) you would like. By placing your reservation, you are committing to purchase a seat on the train and a seat at the game so long as the price is $100 or less. NOTE: If we cannot secure train/game tickets for <$100 for those who sign up, WE WILL NOT SIGN YOU UP, but instead refer you to the Amtrak ordering info and MSG tickets where you can buy most cheaply. While it is unlikely that we don't fill all requests, we don't do "open orders" over our standard charge price.

Is there a deadline?

Due to the potential for upward-spiraling train prices, we will be placing our ticket orders with Amtrak and MSG this Thursday. Therefore, the deadline for this order is WEDNESDAY, November 28 at 11:59PM. The size of our order at that time will match the number of requests we have received. By acting now and reserving your seats with us, you are ensuring that your total price will not exceed $100. We may be able to add seats after our original order, but we cannot guarantee a $100 total price as tickets are likely to get more expensive as the event gets closer. We understand that the turnaround is about as tight as a Groupon offer, but it is the only way for us to secure the pricing at this time. Do yourself and your loved ones a favor and reserve spots NOW. Again, NOTE: If we cannot secure train/game tickets for <$100 for those who sign up, WE WILL NOT SIGN YOU UP, but instead refer you to the Amtrak ordering info and MSG tickets where you can buy most cheaply. While it is unlikely that we don't fill all requests, we don't do "open orders" over our standard charge price.

Suppose I just want a train or game ticket, but not both?

Subject to one exception (listed below), right now we are not accepting requests for only part of the Train & Game package. Our goal is to make it easier for Hoya fans to get to away games in style. If you live in NY or have a better way of getting there, you're on your own for getting game tickets, and we will post our sections when they are confirmed. If you just want to ride the train, that's special, but we are not offering train-only tickets at the moment.

I'm a Bmore/Philly Hoya and I want in. How do I get on this thing?

Right now, we are only accepting Train & Game reservations from those Hoyas making the trip from DC to NY. However, we eagerly anticipate picking up fellow Casualties on our way north. If you want to get on ThunderTrain in Baltimore, Philadelphia, or points north (Wilmington, Trenton, etc.), indicate this in your reservation email, and we can reserve you a ticket for the game. However, we would advise you purchase your own Amtrak tickets, which at this point are likely to be cheaper than what we are reserving from DC. We will be sure to keep you updated.

But you said earlier that you are only selling Train & Game tickets together!

Pursuant to our goal of getting Hoya fans to away games in a fun and affordable way, we are making an exception for our mid-Atlantic brethren. Don't abuse the system.

So this is one way? How do I get back home?

Like last year, ThunderTrain experience is one-way. We get you to the game, you find a way to get back. Everyone is going to have their own schedules for how long they want to stay in NY, and it would be too complicated/expensive to coordinate a mass return. You could use something like a blog/forum about Georgetown basketball to connect with people about rides, buses, and the like. Just remember we've got a home game the following Wednesday , so make sure you're back for that. And maybe work on Monday.

I am guessing you aren't providing a hotel package as well?

Much as we would like to have William Shatner on our staff, Casual ThunderTransport does not currently offer services across all aspects of the travel spectrum. We are operating on the safe assumption that every GU alum in DC has friends/family in NY to stay with, or can find a reasonable hotel room somewhere in the city.

Alright, I'm sold. So what's going on in NY over the weekend?

Well, it's New York, so knock yourself out. If you are wondering about official Casual gatherings, those haven't been planned yet, but we will definitely be getting something together. We will likely be following the lead of the NY Casualties for any Saturday pre/post-game festivities. Stay tuned for updates.

Will there be Casual schwag/shirts available on ThunderTrain?

Yes. We will also be debuting a new "II" shirt.

Booze on the train?

Oh yes. Our conductor was a Johnnies fan last year and that didn't seem to hold anything up.

Please use the comments section for any other questions. Hoya Saxa!!!


Stay Casual, my friends.

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