Amtrak Set to Buy New Acela Fleet
Amtrak has announced the introduction of a new Acela train on the Northeast Corridor, beginning in 2021. The 28 new Acela trainsets will be manufactured in NewYork state by Alstom, a French manufacturer of high-speed trains.
The $2 billion fleet will increase capacity on the nation’s busiest rail corridor by about 40 percent compared with the 20 existing Acela trains, which will be completely phased out by the end of 2022, Amtrak officials say. The added capacity will enable service every half-hour between Washington and NewYork and every hour between NewYork and Boston once the new fleet is fully deployed.
The manufacturer says the trains are capable of going 186 mph, but without a major track upgrade, Amtrak officials say the top speed for the new Acela will be closer to 160 miles per hour in some places, up from the current maximum speed of 135 mph.
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