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New high-speed Acela service launched

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Amtrak has announced the start of a new weekday high-speed Acela Express service between New York and Washington.

In December 2012, Amtrak said it would be cancelling a planned expansion of the Acela fleet to explore the introduction of the next-generation of high-speed trains on the Northeast corridor.

The new Acela service includes an 8pm northbound departure from Washington Union Station, arriving at New York Penn Station at 10.45pm, and a 9.15pm southbound departure from New York, arriving in Washington at 11.59pm.

Both trains will stop in Washington, Baltimore, Wilmington, Philadelphia, Newark and New York.

“A greater focus on the travel needs of our customers, and the improved utilisation of our business assets, is making this much needed high-speed service expansion possible,” said president and chief executive Joe Boardman.


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