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Acela Express offerings to double

National Railroad Passenger Corp. (Amtrak) plans to double its roundtrip trains between Boston, Providence, R.I., and New York April 29, providing two morning and two afternoon weekday roundtrips, and introducing weekend service.

"Boston and Providence already account for more than one third of our initial Acela Express ridership and the demand is growing," said Amtrak President George Warrington in a prepared statement. "Adding more trains will offer travelers more choice and continue to position Acela Express as an alternative to the air shuttles."

Despite being delayed more than a year, Acela Express service has exceeded revenue estimates by 10 percent.

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