New Acela trains start testing prior to 2021 fleet entry

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Next week, Amtrak will begin a nine-month test of 28 new trains that it plans to use for Acela service on Northeast Corridor routes next year.

The new trains will increase passenger capacity by 25% and will have better Wi-Fi access, outlets and USB ports, according to Amtrak. The trains also use 40% less energy per customer than current trains and will have "sustainable components" such as recycled leather used for seating.

Amtrak reported that Acela ridership increased 4.3% year over year to 3.5 million customers in the 2019 fiscal year. In December, ridership was up 16% year over year.

Source: Business Travel News

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