Amtrak has unveiled artist’s impressions of interiors for its forthcoming Alstom-built Avelia Liberty high-speed trainsets, which will replace the current Acela Express fleet on the Boston-New York-Washington D.C. Northeast Corridor (NEC) from 2021 onwards.
Amtrak says the new Acela Express trainsets will feature “spacious and smooth leather seats” with integrated in-seat lighting, power sockets, and USB ports. Each seat will be equipped with a dual-tray table, providing the passenger with a choice of large or small tables.
The trainsets will also be equipped with high-speed passenger Wi-Fi, an advanced seat reservation system, and accessible restrooms that will be compliant with the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Each trainset will seat 386 passengers, an increase of nearly 30% compared with the current equipment.
Production of a prototype Avelia Liberty trainset is under way at Alstom’s facility in Hornell, N.Y., and due for delivery to Amtrak for the start of trials next year. The entire fleet is due to enter service by the end of 2022, enabling the withdrawal of the current fleet.