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Amtrak Provides Details of Next Generation Acela Express Trains

Amtrak Provides Details of Next Generation Acela Express Trains

Amtrak unveiled the interiors of its new Acela Express fleet on Wednesday.
The new interiors will feature leather seating, integrated in-seat lighting and electrical outlets as well as USB ports.  Each seat will have a tray table with both a large and small table option.
The trains will be capable of traveling at 160 mph (258 km/h) and will have 30% greater capacity for passengers.
The upgrade is being made possible with the …

United to Add Washington, D.C.-Miami Flights Later This Year

United to Add Washington, D.C.-Miami Flights Later This Year

United Airlines announced new seasonal non-stop service linking Washington, D.C. with Miami.
The new flights will begin service on December 19, 2018 and continue through March 30, 2019. The flights will operate once daily except between December 24, 2018 and January 6, 2019, when they will operate twice daily.
The Chicago-based airline also said it plans to temporarily increase the frequency of its flights between Washington Dulles and Miami to five …

Nation Braces for Extended Heatwave over Extended 4th of July Holiday

Nation Braces for Extended Heatwave over Extended 4th of July Holiday

Much of the United States will experience a dangerous heat wave that will stretch from Maine to Arizona in the coming days.
Cities including Chicago, Detroit, Kansas City, Nashville, Philadelphia, New York, and Washington, D.C. could experience high temperatures in excess of 100° F (38° C).
The cause of the unusually hot weather is a large area of high pressure known as a “heat dome” in which affected areas will experience sunny …

United to Increase East Coast Flights from Newark and Washington, D.C.

United to Increase East Coast Flights from Newark and Washington, D.C.

United Airlines announced plans to increase flights to various East Coast destinations from its hubs in Newark and Washington, D.C. this fall. The carrier said that it will also begin new service to Palm Springs in the winter.
Beginning October 4, the airline will increase its flights from Newark Liberty International Airport to Pittsburgh and Orlando to nine daily flights each; service to Nashville to seven flights a day; and service …

Congress Unveils $1.3 Trillion Spending Bill with No Increase in Airport Tax

Congress Unveils $1.3 Trillion Spending Bill with No Increase in Airport Tax

Congress introduced a bipartisan $1.3 trillion spending package late Wednesday ahead of a midnight Friday deadline.
The final $1.3 trillion bill is notable for what it does not include, namely an increase in the Passenger Facility Charge, commonly referred to as the airport tax, which the airline industry was against.
The airline industry, as a result, praised the agreement.
House and Senate leadership took a stand “to put passengers first by rejecting repeated …

Storm Strands Thousands of Travelers, Heaviest Snowfall Yet to Come

Storm Strands Thousands of Travelers, Heaviest Snowfall Yet to Come

The East Coast continues to be hammered by a powerful winter storm bringing 15” (38 centimeters) of snow with it to some areas.
Heavy snow continues to fall over a broad swath of the I-95 corridor from Virginia to New England and the snowfall is expected to increase as the evening progresses.
Travel in and out of the region was virtually impossible by midday.
Over 5,000 flights had been cancelled by 4:30 p.m. …

‘Four’easter’ Winter Storm Hammers East Coast, Over 4,000 Flights Cancelled

‘Four’easter’ Winter Storm Hammers East Coast, Over 4,000 Flights Cancelled

Happy Four’easter.
The fourth nor’easter in three weeks is currently pelting the Northeast with snow and sleet and in many regions the worst is yet to come.
Heavy snow falling at the rate of 1” to 2” (2.5 to 5 centimeters) per hour accompanied by fierce winds will result in the obligatory downed trees and power lines. Meanwhile snow, heavy in some areas, is expected to continue falling in Ohio …