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Amtrak Celebrates 20 Years of Acela Service with $20 Fares

Next month, Acela celebrates 20 years of operation, and to prepare for that, Amtrak is offering $20 Business Class fares through Thursday, November 12. Acela is Amtrak’s high-speed train service between Boston, New York City, and Washington, DC. Acela is the fastest train in the Western Hemisphere, with a maximum speed of 150 mph on sections of its route between Boston and New Haven and 135 mph between New York City and Washington, D.C.

To commemorate 20 years of service throughout the Northeast Corridor (NEC), Amtrak is offering passengers the opportunity to travel on its premium product one way in Business class for only $20 from anywhere between Boston and Washington, D.C. The sale is available for purchase from Tuesday, November 10 to Thursday, November 12 and is valid for travel between November 16 through December 17, 2020, with blackout dates during Thanksgiving week (Nov. 24, 25, and 28 through 30) and on Fridays and Sundays. Other restrictions may apply and the fare may not be available on all departures.

“Celebrating 20 years of Acela service is an incredible milestone that we are proud to celebrate. We would like to thank our customers and give them a chance to see the changes we’ve made to the experience by offering an exceptionally low fare of only $20,” said Amtrak Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing and Revenue Officer Roger Harris. “For anyone who has been curious about the premium travel experience on our flagship product, this is your chance to ride Acela for a special, low fare that is only available for two days.”

More than 52.5 million passengers have traveled on the current fleet of 20 Acela trainsets in 20 years since revenue service began on Dec. 11, 2000. Presently, Amtrak is building and preparing to launch Acela 21, the newest model of the Acela fleet scheduled to start entering service in 2021. Amtrak’s new fleet of Acela trains will feature nearly 25% more seats, personal outlets, USB ports, and adjustable reading lights at every seat, complimentary Wi-Fi, spacious restrooms with a 60-inch diameter turning radius, and the surpassed accessibility requirements for people with disabilities.

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