Amtrak recently announced that on May 4 it would be expanding its Acela Express service with an additional round trip on Saturdays.
The increase will see Train 2252 depart Washington, D.C., mid-morning and Train 2255 depart Boston in the early afternoon, Amtrak noted. Regularly scheduled weekend service will continue.
Amtrak added that it is expected to introduce a new Acela fleet into Northeast Corridor (NEC) service in 2021. The new trainsets will accommodate nearly 30% more—386—passengers and are in production at Alstom’s manufacturing plant in Hornell, N.Y.
“Amtrak continuously works to be responsive to customer feedback and looks for opportunities to expand our highly popular Acela Express service between Boston, New York and Washington,” said Amtrak President and CEO Richard Anderson.
“These additional departures aim to serve our customers’ needs as we prepare for the roll-out of our next generation Acela Express service beginning in 2021,” added Anderson.