Amtrak Announces New 160 MPH Trains for Acela Express

By Jesse Sokolow on 27 August 2016
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Amtrak's Acela Express in Union Station

Amtrak’s Acela Express in Union Station

Amtrak, the operator of most of the United States’ passenger rail services, announced the next generation of its high-speed trains to replace the aging Acela trains that are a mainstay of train service in the Northeast Corridor from Boston to Washington, D.C..

The upgrade is being made possible with the approval of a $2.45 billion loan from the federal government to Amtrak for the purchase of the state-of-the-art trains.

Starting in 2021, the railroad will put the first of 28 new trains into service, replacing current equipment. In addition to being able to travel at 160 mph (258 km/h), the new trains will offer 33% more seating capacity, a more modern interior, and faster onboard Wi-Fi. Each seat will also have its own electrical outlet, USB port, and reading light. Amtrak officials said that the trains will “exceed” minimum ADA accessibility requirements.

The airline also plans to improve the passenger experience at major stations along the Northeast Corridor including Washington Union Station and Moynihan Station (née Penn Station) in New York.

Once the fleet of new trains has been fully put into service, Amtrak will operate trains between Washington and New York every half hour and every hour between New York and Boston. The move promises to increase passenger capacity by about 40%, the railroad said in a statement.

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