Journey Lines

New Acela Fleet

Project Status

Design


Planning

Environmental Review

Design

Construction

Complete

New Acela Fleet

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.

Rendering of New High Speed Train

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 Acela service.

With the introduction of the new Acela fleet, Amtrak is reimagining the future of rail and setting the stage for the next generation of train travel in America and on the Northeast Corridor. Elevating the travel experience, the new Acela offers enhancements in comfort, technology, innovation, and safety on Amtrak’s most environmentally sustainable fleet of trains to date. Designed with the customer in mind, the new Acela has nearly 25% more seats with plenty of leg room, personal outlets and USB ports, complimentary Wi-Fi, sophisticated on-board information systems, and spacious restrooms with contactless features.

The new Acela will operate at top speeds of 160 mph vs. today’s fleet, which operates at top speeds of 150 mph.

The trainsets are being manufactured at Alstom’s facility in Hornell, New York. The first trainsets are expected to enter service in 2022.

Benefits

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

Partners

  • Amtrak
  • U.S. DOT Federal Railroad Administration