Am­trak Set to Buy New Acela Fleet

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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.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit am­trak.com.

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