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Amtrak tweaks timetables on several routes

Today, Amtrak will begin operating several trains under a new timetable to provide faster, more frequent service and earlier departures.

The national intercity passenger railroad will add one Acela Express round trip between Washington and New York. In addition, Amtrak will shave five minutes off Acela’s D.C.-to-New York City segment, reducing the trip to two hours, 45 minutes.

On the Harrisburg-to-Philadelphia Keystone Corridor, trains will operate up to 110 mph — on track recently upgraded by Amtrak and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation — cutting travel times up to 30 minutes. In addition, Amtrak will increase weekday round trips on the route from 11 to 14.

Also in the Northeast, Amtrak will provide earlier service on the Portland, Maine-to-Boston Downeaster.

In the Central U.S., Amtrak and the Illinois Department of Transportation will add service between Chicago and downstate Illinois. Late last week, Amtrak and Canadian National Railway Co.-Illinois Central Railroad reached an agreement, ending a dispute over whether Amtrak could operate additional passenger trains between Chicago and St. Louis, and Chicago and Carbondale over tracks owned in part by CN-IC.

In addition, Amtrak will operate earlier trains on the Hoosier State/Cardinal routes between Chicago and Indianapolis; Cincinnati; Huntington, W.V.; Washington, D.C.; and New York. The railroad also will operate eastbound Capitol Limited trains 90 minutes later from Chicago to Cleveland and Toledo, Ohio; Pittsburgh; and Washington, D.C., and advance Texas Eagle departures from San Antonio to Chicago by one hour.

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