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Amtrak to adjust Northeast Corridor schedules

On Oct. 27, Amtrak plans to add two trains to its Acela Express service between New York and Washington, D.C., and adjust some Northeast Corridor schedules.

The 8 a.m. Metroliner Washington-to-New York service will be replaced with a new Acela Express Train, enabling on-the-hour morning departures from Washington between 5 a.m. and 9 a.m.

An Acela Express train also will replace the 4 p.m. Metroliner from New York to Washington, filling a service gap between the 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Acela departures from New York.

Amtrak plans to continue providing 10 Acela departures in Boston, but a current 8:20 a.m. train will move to 6:40 p.m. Currently, the last Acela leaves Boston at 5:15 p.m.

The national passenger railroad also expects to modify Acela Express stopping patterns to improve on-time performance. Amtrak will not stop at some stations that are served by other train service and have low boarding ratios.

Acela trains would begin serving either the Baltimore Washington International Airport or Metropark, N.J., but not both stations in the same trip. The new schedule will be designed to follow travel patterns so more northbound trains will stop at the airport in the morning and more southbound trains in the evening.

The service changes are expected to trim travel time up to eight minutes, according to a prepared statement.

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