Amtrak has released a series of computer generated images revealing what the interior of its new Acela Express trains will look like.
The high-speed trains are being built by Alstom and are scheduled to enter service on the Boston – New York – Washington D.C. Northeast Corridor (NEC) in 2021.
Each trainset will be able to accommodate up to 386 passengers, an increase of up to 30 per cent on the rolling stock they are replacing.
They will feature spacious leather seats, integrated in-seat lighting and each seat will be equipped with dual tray tables, providing customers with a large and small table option.
Electrical outlets and USB ports will also feature, as will wi-fi, Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant toilets and each car will have six onboard information screens, providing real-time information such as location, train speed and conductor announcements.
Amtrak vice-president of the NEC service Caroline Decker said the next generation of Acela trains will “set a new standard for rail service in the United States” by providing customers with a superior travel experience.
Alstom is currently producing a prototype of the new trains at its manufacturing plant in Hornell, New York, which will be ready in 2019. All of the new trainsets are expected to be in service by the end of 2022.