Due to the economic slump, Amtrak has decided to cut fares by 25 percent on some Eastern trains this summer.  The discount runs from June 2 through Sept. 3.  The discount is available on the Washington to Boston and Washington to Newport News, Va. lines.  

In addition, Amtrak is extending a February price cut on its higher-speed Acela service, which runs from Washington to Boston.

Passengers must make their reservations two weeks in advance in order to get the lower fares.