Amtrak to Restart High-Speed Acela Service on June 1

By Kurt Stolz on 8 May 2020
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Amtrak announced plans on Friday to relaunch its high-speed Acela service along the so-called Northeast Corridor, as it takes the first steps towards normalizing operations since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.

The railroad’s flagship Acela service will resume on June 1, 2020, with three weekday round trips, the company said.  Amtrak will also increase the number of Northeast Regional trains which are currently operating on a reduced schedule, from eight to ten round trips daily.

“We are dedicated to doing everything possible to return service safely,” said Amtrak CEO Bill Flynn in a statement. “We want everyone to feel comfortable as they navigate this new normal.”

Part of that new normal will include a requirement for Amtrak passengers to don face masks.  The railroad is also limiting capacity to 50% of normal to promote social distancing while on board, and it is not accepting cash payments in stations and on trains.

On long-distance routes except for the Auto Train, Amtrak is temporarily offering its “flexible dining” service in the dining or lounge cars and it is recommending customers traveling in Sleeping Cars to opt for room service to encourage greater social distancing.  Seating in dining and and café cars will be limited.

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