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6/27/2001



Rail News: Passenger Rail

Amtrak expands Acela Express offerings


Starting July 9, travelers in the northeast corridor will have even more options when Amtrak doubles weekday Acela Express frequencies between New York and Washington, and adds another daily roundtrip between New York and Boston.



Since launching Acela Express six months ago, Amtrak has carried more than 130,000 passengers and collected more than $15 million in ticket revenue.



With the expanded service, Amtrak will offer six trains in either direction on the New York-to-Washington route, and five trains in either direction on the New York-to-Boston route. When Amtrak receives all 20 high-speed trainsets, Acela Express service will offer 19 roundtrips between New York and Washington, and 10 roundtrips between New York and Boston.



Amtrak also will add another roundtrip between Boston and New York Saturday and Sunday, bringing the total number of weekend Express train service to three in each direction.



Meanwhile, Amtrak’s Acela Regional service also remains strong, exceeding ridership and revenue projections by 13 percent January through April, recording 687,000 passenger trips and $35.5 million revenue.


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