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Tue Aug 30, 2016, 10:55 AM

Amtrak Provides Details On New Acela Express Service & Fleet Slated For 2021

Amtrak Provides Details On New Acela Express Service & Fleet Slated For 2021
August 30th, 2016 by James Ayre

While the USís rail network ó high-speed or otherwise ó has been in something of a stagnant period as of late, there is some forward movement occurring. In particular, Amtrak recently provided details on the upgraded Acela Express service thatís expected to begin service in 2021.

The upgraded service will feature a brand new fleet of Alstom-built trainsets thatís around 40% larger than the current fleet. What this means is that the timetable will be expanded so that Acela Express service between Washington (DC) and New York City will be offered every half-hour during peak times; and service between New York City and Boston once an hour, throughout the whole day.

The upgrade is being financed through a $2.45 billion loan from the federal government. Of this loan, around $2 billion will be used on the purchase of the new trainsets and around $450 million will be used on the revitalization of 4 prominent stations (including Penn Station and Union Station) as well as general infrastructure repair and improvement.

Amtrak provides more, revealing that, ďthe new trainsets are among the safest, most reliable and energy efficient in the world. They have a 35-year track record of transporting billions of customers to their destinations safely. In reliability, we anticipate the new trainsets will be at least eight times more reliable than the equipment it replaces, ensuring that we will get you where you need to go on time, every time. Finally, the new trainsets will reduce operating energy consumption by at least 20%, through a combination of minimal aerodynamic drag and lightweight design.Ē

They will also...
https://cleantechnica.com/2016/08/30/amtrak-provides-details-new-acela-express-service-fleet-slated-2021/

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Tue Aug 30, 2016, 03:26 PM

1. I wish that it was something more than more trains on the same run.

I loved it for the short time that I traveled in that corridor... but I would really love to see high-speed rail implemented for more of the Amtrak network.

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Wed Aug 31, 2016, 06:40 PM

2. I would also love to see wider implementation of high-speed rail- but it's very expensive

 

It means electrification, along with track and signaling upgrades to go along with the
new rolling stock.

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