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Amtrak to Introduce Nonstop Acela Service in Northeast

Traveling in the Northeast between Washington, DC and New York City has always been strong, and since the debut of the Acela Express service in the early 2000s, Amtrak has been a strong contender in the ridership game along the Northeast Corridor. Amtrak carried more than three times as many riders between Washington, D.C., and New York City as all of the airlines combined (July 2017-June 2018).

Starting September 23, 2019, Amtrak will introduce Acela Nonstop, a weekday nonstop version of the popular Acela Express trains between New York City and Washington, DC.

“The new Acela Nonstop service will have you halfway to your New York City or DC destination in the time it would take you to board a flight,” said Amtrak President & CEO Richard Anderson. “This new service will offer an ideal solution for travelers who want to save time and travel between city center DC and New York.” 

The initial schedule includes one southbound (NYP-WAS) and one northbound train (WAS-NYP) per day with an approximate trip time of two hours and 35 minutes. The southbound train will depart NYP at 6:35 a.m. and is scheduled to arrive at WAS around 9:10 a.m. The northbound train will depart WAS at 4:30 p.m., and arrive at NYP around 7:05 p.m.

While complete details will be released closer to the launch of the new service, Amtrak stated that the new service will include what passengers have come to expect from Acela, along with new amenities.

While the Acela Nonstop is currently only available once per day between NYP and WAS, Amtrak will be weighing potential expansion in terms of location and frequency. In its 2018 Fiscal Year, NYP and WAS were Amtrak’s top two busiest stations across the national network.

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