Proposed in 2011 | 28 train sets along 457 miles| $2.5 billion program
New higher-speed Acela trains will roll through the nation’s busiest rail stations beginning next year, representing a significant step toward America’s aspirations for modern, faster and more reliable intercity train service. The trains will overhaul passenger service in the busy Northeast Corridor, aiming to improve safety, rider comfort and capacity.
Notable: The new Acela fleet will reach speeds up to 160 mph at various stretches of the Washington-to-Boston route. Although not considered true high-speed, the Amtrak program will be faster than its current trains and include track improvements to reduce travel time.
Funding: The program is fully funded. Amtrak is using money from a $2.45-billion federal loan awarded in 2016 to help pay for the trains and infrastructure improvements.
Timeline: Originally expected to debut in 2021, the new trains have been delayed until 2024.
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