The Amtrak Vision for the Northeast Corridor
In response to strong and continued demand for rail travel in the Northeast Corridor, Amtrak has developed a vision for Next Generation high-speed rail service on the NEC. The first of many phased improvements – the introduction of new high-speed trainsets that will supplement and ultimately replace the Acela Express® fleet – is expected to be introduced into revenue service in 2021. Full build out of the NextGen high-speed rail vision could be achieved in 2040. Developed in consultation with its international peers, Amtrak’s NextGen Vision proposes dramatic trip time reductions between major cities, more frequent trains, and new, dedicated infrastructure for high-speed trains, while upgrading and enhancing existing infrastructure for the 2,000 commuter trains, 140 Amtrak trains, and 60 freight trains that use the NEC each day.