Amtrak is expanding its Northeast Corridor high-speed rail service with the addition of a new weekday Acela Express round-trip between New York and Washington beginning on Jan. 28. The late evening departures from both cities will provide customers increased flexibility when making their travel plans. Tickets are now available.
The new Acela service includes an 8:00 pm northbound departure from Washington Union Station (Train #2128), arriving at New York Penn Station at 10:45 pm, and a 9:15 pm southbound departure from New York (Train #2175), arriving in Washington at 11:59 pm. Both trains will make stops in Washington, Baltimore, Wilmington, Philadelphia, Newark and New York, and offer reserved Business Class and First Class service options.
“A greater focus on the travel needs of our customers, and the improved utilization of our business assets, is making this much needed high-speed service expansion possible,” said President and CEO Joe Boardman.
With the start of this new high-speed service, Amtrak now offers 16 weekday Acela round-trips between the key New York and Washington travel markets. Amtrak plans to further expand its high-speed rail service and recently announced its intention to begin in early 2013 the process to purchase next-generation high-speed train sets that will expand seating capacity and provide for more frequent high-speed service on the NEC.