14 Facts About Acela Express


Acela Express trains are the fastest in the Americas, reaching 150 miles per hour, but only over 49.

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Acela Express operates along routes that are used by freight and slower regional passenger traffic, and reaches the maximum allowed speed of the tracks only along some sections, with the fastest peak speed along segments between Mansfield, Massachusetts and Richmond, Rhode Island, and New Brunswick and South Brunswick, New Jersey.

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Acela Express speed is limited by traffic and infrastructure on the route's northern half.

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Acela Express trains are semi-permanently coupled and are referred to as trainsets.

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Acela Express service was originally expected to begin in late 1999 but was delayed.

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The Acela Express returned to service when a program of frequent inspections was instituted.

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Metroliner trains, which the Acela Express was intended to replace, filled in during the outage.

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In October 2012, Acela Express service was cancelled immediately before, during, and after Hurricane Sandy, which damaged the North River Tunnels causing lasting delays and reliability problems.

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In March 2020, all Acela Express trips were suspended as part of a round of service reduction in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States.

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Acela Express offers two classes of seating, Business Class and First Class.

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Acela Express maintenance is generally taken care of at the Ivy City facility in Washington, DC; Sunnyside Yard in Queens, New York; or Southampton Street Yard in Boston.

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Acela Express trainsets underwent minor refurbishments between mid-2009 and 2010 at Penn Coach Yard, next to 30th Street Station in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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In May 2018, Amtrak announced a 14-month program to refresh the interiors of the Acela Express trainsets, including new seat cushions and covers, new aisle carpeting, and a deep clean.

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Acela Express trains have an On-Board Service crew consisting of two First Class attendants and a Cafe Car attendant.

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