Anyone who frequently travels on Amtrak knows that the national rail service isn't exactly the most reliable mode of transport. Scenic rides and ridiculously cheap tickets notwithstanding, its trains often run quite behind schedule, and their cabins aren't exactly luxurious. That's why regular rail riders should be pumped about Amtrak's latest update on its ongoing work to launch high-speed Acela Express trains with luxe interiors and improved service along its Northeast Corridor.
Somewhere, Joe Biden is probably smiling ear to ear.
On Wednesday, Amtrak unveiled concepts for the interiors of its new Acela Express trains, which are expected to hit the rails by 2021. The design promises some serious improvements for anyone who plans to hitch a ride on its speedy flagship route along the Northeast Corridor, which travels from Washington, DC to Boston.
Besides appearing a lot sleeker and more streamlined than the current Acela cars, the new cabins will offer quite a few new convenient amenities including dual tray tables for each passenger (small and large), electrical and USB outlets, integrated in-seat lighting, improved WiFi, and a new seat reservation system that better distinguishes seat availability.
Beyond that, the cars will have bigger bathrooms, passenger capacity that's roughly 30% higher than what it is now (without cutting seat space), streamlined overhead luggage space, and a series of six LED screens to better communicate info from the conductor about upcoming stops or alerts.