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Amtrak's New Acela Trains to Be Faster, More Frequent

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By    |   Wednesday, 31 Aug 2016 06:54 AM

Amtrak's new Acela trains scheduled to hit the tracks in 2021 are expected to be faster than the current aging fleet and will run more frequently.

Vice President Joe Biden announced the upgrade of Amtrak's trains, tracks and platforms along the Northeast Corridor which will be paid for with part of a $2.45 billion loan from the U.S. government, said the Boston Globe.

The loan is the biggest one ever for the U.S. Department of Transportation, said The New York Times, and Amtrak said it plans to help pay back the loan with increased Acela service after the new trains are put into service.

"This is a serious, serious upgrade," Biden said. "You would need seven more lanes on I-95 to accommodate the traffic if Amtrak shut down."

Amtrak will get 28 new trains in the upgrade, equipped with personal power outlets, USB ports, and adjustable reading lights at every seat. Amtrak claims the trains will be able to travel up to 160 miles per hour on some sections of the tracks in the future, and could go as fast as 185 mph, said the Globe stated.

"Amtrak is taking the necessary actions to keep our customers, the Northeast region and the American economy moving forward," said Amtrak president and chief executive officer Joe Boardman.

"These trainsets and the modernization and improvement of infrastructure will provide our customers with the mobility and experience of the future."

Amtrak said many routes on its Acela Express service have been selling out during its peak travel periods. The Times said the trains have helped replace airplanes as the most popular form of transportation along the Northeast Corridor over the past 10 years, carrying about 3.4 million passengers annually between Washington, New York City and Boston.

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