Amtrak announced plans Thursday to replace its fleet of high-speed trains on the East Coast.
The railroad said that early next year, it would begin the process of replacing its 20 existing Acela Express train sets, which run on the Northeast Corridor rail line between Boston and Washington, DC.
“Moving directly to new high-speed train sets is the best option to create more seating capacity, permit higher speeds, and maximize customer comfort all while improving equipment reliability and reducing operating costs,” Amtrak CEO Joe Boardman said in a statement.
The Acela Express train sets comprise two power cars and six passenger cars each. The current fleet started service between 1999 and 2000.
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