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We are one year away from rolling out Amtrak’s new Acela in 2023.
The new trains will have more seats, speed and comfort.
See the interior of the next wagons with a modernized café and upcycled leather seats.
We are still one year away from Amtrak’s new Acela rollout in 2023.
In anticipation of smoother, faster trains, let’s take a closer look at the interior, which will appeal to Amtrak riders who are tired of old cars lined with gray and blue seats.
Next-generation trains are slow to come: Current Acela trains have been in service since 2000, and it’s been six years since Amtrak announced plans to refresh the aging fleet.
The fleet will grow from 20 to 28 trainsets all capable of running at up to 160 mph.
The new trains will each have 378 seats…
…a 25% increase over the current models’ 304 seats, reported Benji Stawski of The Points Guy.
Source: The dot guy
Inside, the swanky new cars will look more modern than any Amtrak train currently in service.
Small details like digital screens…
…and winged headrests will make new cars more modern and comfortable.
But the most obvious changes will be to coaches and cafe cars.
The cafe car will receive a much-needed complete refresh.
Say hello to a sleeker cafe with a digital menu, hip rests, bar-style counters and take-out options…
…which bears no resemblance to the old cafe cars that travelers see today.
Coaches still retain the classic row of seats. But unlike the previous design, the new cars will have color-coded headrests.
Business and first class will be separated by color: the second will have red headrests, while the first will have blue.
Regardless of class, each seat will have built-in reading lights and more accessible outlets and USB ports.
The seats will also have trays of different sizes to suit the needs of each traveler.
There’s nothing more uncomfortable than stepping out of an inside seat. To facilitate entry and exit from the four-person seating configuration, the sides of the tables will have foldable extensions.
In order to make travel more sustainable, the seats will also be made of recycled leather…
…and the train will consume 40% less energy per passenger, according to Amtrak.
It seems like everything is contactless in the age of COVID-19, and the new Acela will be no different.
Several onboard services and amenities will be touchless, including the bathroom with an automatic door and touchless amenities.
If you can’t wait to roll in the refreshed Acela, you’ll have to be patient.
You won’t see this new Acela in service until 2023, when it will begin operating on the Northeast Corridor between Boston and Washington, DC.
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