Amtrak debuted the Acela Nonstop train on Monday with uninterrupted service from New York Penn Station to Washington Union Station.
Amtrak said the Acela Nonstop service comes in advance of the 2021 launch of brand-new Acela trainsets. The next generation of Acela trains, which are also expected to offer nonstop service between Washington and New York and New York and Boston, are being assembled at Alstom’s facility in Hornell, N.Y., and will begin initial testing in 2019 and 2020.
The new Acela train interiors will provide world-class accommodations and amenities, along with a smoother and even more comfortable ride.
“The new Acela Nonstop service will have you halfway to your New York City or D.C. destination in the time it would take you to board a flight,” Amtrak President and Chief Executive Officer Richard Anderson said. “This new service will offer an ideal solution for travelers who want to save time and travel between city center DC and New York.”
While the Acela Nonstop is currently only available once per day between New York Penn Station and Washington, D.C., Amtrak will be weighing potential expansion in terms of location and frequency.
The standard Quiet Car, Café Car and First-Class services will be offered on Acela Nonstop.