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Amtrak to expand Acela Express weekend service

An additional round trip will be added to the Acela Express on Saturdays, starting May 4.
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Next month, Amtrak will expand Acela Express weekend service between Boston, New York City and Washington, D.C.

An additional round trip will be added on Saturdays, starting May 4. Train 2252 will depart Washington, D.C., mid-morning and Train 2255 will depart Boston in the early afternoon, filling gaps in the current schedule. Regular, scheduled service on the weekends will continue.

“These additional departures aim to serve our customers’ needs as we prepare for the roll-out of our next generation Acela Express service beginning in 2021,” said Amtrak President and Chief Executive Officer Richard Anderson in a press release.

Scheduled to begin entering service on the Northeast Corridor in 2021, the new fleet will accommodate more passengers and provide a smoother ride, according to Amtrak. The trainsets are in production at Alstom's manufacturing plant in Hornell, New York. A prototype is scheduled to be ready this year.

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