Amtrak’s Spiffy New Acela Trains

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May 24. Though the rollout of Amtrak’s next-generation high-speed Acela trains has suffered from lengthy delays, progress is finally being made.

The new trains were initially set to debut in the Northeast Corridor in early 2021 but have since been delayed until fall 2023 due to pandemic-induced challenges and the need for more testing. In addition to being 10 mph faster and more efficient than current cars, they’ll feature a slew of improvements to the passenger experience, ranging from new seats to faster Wi-Fi, contactless restrooms and more convenient food service.

Up until now, we’ve only seen mock-ups and stock photos of the new trains. However, TPG was invited for a special first look at the actual train during a visit to Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station — read on for our first impressions.

Perhaps the most noticeable change with the new trains is the new seats. There are gray recycled leather seats in both business and first class. First-class seats are distinguished by red headrests, and business-class seats with blue headrests.

Source: The Points Guy

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