Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Amtrak expands weekend high-speed NEC service

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Amtrak expands weekend high-speed NEC service William C. Vantuono

Weekend travelers have another high-speed option for Northeast Corridor (NEC) service between Boston and New York, as Amtrak expands its Acela Express service between the two cities, the company announced on Sept. 4, 2015. Tickets are now available at Amtrak.com, the Amtrak mobile apps and other booking channels.

Train 2295 is a new morning departure from Boston, leaving South Station at 7:35 a.m. with a scheduled arrival at Penn Station New York at 11:15 a.m., Amtrak says. “This Saturday-only service provides additional flexibility and convenience for customers when making their travel plans,” Amtrak says.

A new northbound train (2260) will depart from New York at 4:55 p.m., providing passengers with an evening travel option to Boston.

“These additional trains reflect the value passengers place on safe, reliable, high-speed service on the Northeast Corridor,” said Mike DeCataldo, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Northeast Corridor Operations. “Our passengers want more service and more frequent travel options and wherever we can accommodate that demand we’re going to do it.”

In an effort to meet the increasing demand for high-speed rail service and provide additional capacity on the NEC, Amtrak says it is also working to acquire new trainsets that will supplement and eventually replace the existing Acela equipment.




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