16 Facts About Acela


Acela is Amtrak's flagship service along the Northeast Corridor in the Northeastern United States between Washington, D C and Boston via 13 intermediate stops, including Baltimore, New York City and Philadelphia.

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

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

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

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

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The Acela 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 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 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 trainset consists of two power cars, a Cafe car, a First Class car, and four Business Class cars, semi-permanently coupled together.

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

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Acela 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 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 trainsets, including new seat cushions and covers, new aisle carpeting, and a deep clean.

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

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