Amtrak, which operates the nation’s passenger railroad service, has revealed the unique amenities exclusive to its upcoming Acela Nonstop train from NY to Washington, DC.
The nonstop train begins its inaugural trip on Monday, Sept. 23, and will include: complimentary coffee, tea water, and a light snack, “at seat” cashless cart service offering a limited menu of snacks and beverages and onboard phone charging kits for sale.
The Acela nonstop service operates between New York Penn Station (NYP) and Washington Union Station (WAS) and will cut about 20 minutes from regular Acela service to DC.
The schedule is one southbound (NYP-WAS) in the morning and one northbound train (WAS-NYP) in the afternoon with an approximate trip time of two hours and 35 minutes. The southbound train will depart NYP at 6:35 a.m. and is scheduled to arrive at WAS around 9:10 a.m. The northbound train will depart WAS at 4:30 p.m., and arrive at NYP around 7:05 p.m.
Tickets for the Acela nonstop will start at $173 one way. Customers will continue to enjoy the many features available on current Acela service, including the full menu in the Café Car, as well as access to the Quiet Car.
“Train travel offers a number of advantages over other modes of transportation, and with the new amenities offered on Acela Nonstop, we are raising the bar even higher to enhance the journey,” said Vice President of Amtrak Northeast Corridor Service Line Caroline Decker. “On the Northeast Corridor, Acela’s savvy, sophisticated customers expect a premium experience when they board our trains, and that’s what they will be getting with these new amenities and with nonstop service.”
While the Acela Nonstop is currently only available once per day only on weekdays between NYP and WAS, Amtrak will monitor performance to determine potential expansion in terms of location and frequency. In its 2018 Fiscal Year, NYP and WAS were Amtrak’s top two busiest stations across the national railroad network.