NEC Projects

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Next-Generation High Speed Trains

Project Partners

  • Amtrak
  • U.S. DOT Federal Railroad Administration

Project Benefits

  • Increased Capacity
  • Safety
  • Passenger Service
  • Connectivity
  • Environmental Impact
EquipmentEquipment

Project Status

Design

Available Funding

$2.4 Billion

Amtrak is contracting with Alstom to produce 28 next-generation high-speed trainsets that will replace the equipment used to provide Amtrak's premium Acela Express service. The contract is part of a $2.45 billion that will be invested on the heavily traveled Northeast Corridor (NEC) as part of a multifaceted modernization program to renew and expand the Acela Express service.

The new trainsets will have one-third more passenger seats, while preserving the spacious, high-end comfort of current Acela Express service. Each trainset will have modern amenities that can be upgraded as customer preferences evolve such as improved Wi-Fi access, personal outlets, USB ports and adjustable reading lights at every seat, enhanced food service and a smoother, more reliable ride.

This procurement comes as demand for Acela Express service is as popular as ever, with many trains selling out during peak travel periods. The new trainsets will allow for increased service including half-hourly Acela Express service between Washington D.C. and New York City during peak hours and hourly service between New York City and Boston.

The new trainsets will operate along the NEC initially at speeds up to 160 mph and will be capable of speeds up to 186 mph and thus able to take advantage of future NEC infrastructure improvements.

The trainsets will be manufactured at Alstom's Hornell and Rochester, New York, facilities. The first prototype of the new trainsets will be ready in 2019, with the first trainset entering revenue service in 2021. All of the trainsets are expected to be in service, and the current fleet retired, by the end of 2022.