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Amtrak advances Acela testing, restores some East Coast service

On June 1, Amtrak will restore some Acela and Keystone service, and fully restore its Pennsylvanian service.
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Amtrak’s first Acela prototype completed a high-speed testing milestone by traveling at speeds up to 165 mph at the Transportation Technology Center near Pueblo, Colorado, Amtrak announced today.

Amtrak’s Acela prototype last month traveled from Alstom’s plant in Hornell, New York, to the center to undergo six months of dynamic testing.

The new Acela fleet is scheduled to enter service on the Northeast Corridor (NEC) in 2021.

Meanwhile, Amtrak on June 1 will restore some Acela service on the NEC to three weekday roundtrips, and fully restore its Pennsylvanian service between New York, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.

The railroad will also increase Keystone Service between Philadelphia and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The service will include nine weekday roundtrips and six roundtrips on weekends. There will be no Keystone service between New York and Philadelphia.

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