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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.

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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.

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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.

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The fleet will grow from 20 to 28 trainsets all capable of running at up to 160 mph.

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The new trains will each have 378 seats…

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…a 25% increase over the current models’ 304 seats, reported Benji Stawski of The Points Guy.

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Inside, the swanky new cars will look more modern than any Amtrak train currently in service.

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Small details like digital screens…

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…and winged headrests will make new cars more modern and comfortable.

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But the most obvious changes will be to coaches and cafe cars.

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The cafe car will receive a much-needed complete refresh.

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Say hello to a sleeker cafe with a digital menu, hip rests, bar-style counters and take-out options…

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…which bears no resemblance to the old cafe cars that travelers see today.

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Coaches still retain the classic row of seats. But unlike the previous design, the new cars will have color-coded headrests.

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Business and first class will be separated by color: the second will have red headrests, while the first will have blue.

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Regardless of class, each seat will have built-in reading lights and more accessible outlets and USB ports.

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The seats will also have trays of different sizes to suit the needs of each traveler.

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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.

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In order to make travel more sustainable, the seats will also be made of recycled leather…

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…and the train will consume 40% less energy per passenger, according to Amtrak.

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It seems like everything is contactless in the age of COVID-19, and the new Acela will be no different.

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Several onboard services and amenities will be touchless, including the bathroom with an automatic door and touchless amenities.

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If you can’t wait to roll in the refreshed Acela, you’ll have to be patient.

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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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