Starting September 2019, Amtrak will launch non-stop Acela direct service between Washington Union Station and New York Penn Station.
The initial weekday only schedule includes one southbound Washington- New York and one northbound train Washington- New York per day with an approximate trip time of two hours and 35 minutes.
“The new Acela Nonstop service will have you halfway to your New York City or DC destination in the time it would take you to board a flight. This new service will offer an ideal solution for travelers who want to save time and travel between city center DC and New York,” Amtrak President Richard Anderson said.
Amtrak is finalising details on new amenities, which will be announced closer to the launch date. The Acela Nonstop service comes in advance of the 2021 launch of brand-new Acela trainsets. The next generation of Acela trains, which are also expected to offer nonstop service between Washington and New York and New York and Boston, are being assembled at Alstom’s facility in Hornell, New York, and will begin initial testing later this year and into 2020.