Amtrak’s Acela Express is getting new train cars in 2021

The new trains will go into service in 2021.

The first-class car
A first-class car inside the new Acela Express train. –Amtrak

Amtrak’s new fleet of high-speed Acela Express trains will service the Northeast Corridor beginning in 2021.

The trains, which travel between Boston and Washington D.C. multiple times a day, have grown in ridership from about 2.5 million passengers in 2002 to about 3.4 million passengers in 2018, according to Amtrak.

Each train in the new fleet will have 25 percent more seats, according to Amtrak. The high-tech trains will have 378 leather seats with winged headrests, personal electrical outlets and USB ports, onboard Wi-Fi, larger windows, spacious restrooms, more dining options, a streamlined overhead luggage compartment, and LED screens that provide real-time information such as conductor announcements, location, and train speed, according to Amtrak.


Amtrak released the following photos of the new train this week.

The seats will have personal outlets, USB ports and adjustable reading lights. —Amtrak

Each seat will have personal outlets, USB ports, and adjustable reading lights.

The first-class car will feature larger seats and extra leg room.

The first-class car. —Amtrak

The seat backs will offer dual tray tables in large and small sizes.

First-class tray tables offer two options. —Amtrak

The ADA-compliant bathrooms will have changing tables for families with young children, automatic doors, touchless features, and a 60-inch diameter turning radius.

The bathroom —Amtrak

The Café Car will feature a greater selection of food, as well as grab-and-go options.

The cafe car. —Amtrak

The Café Car will also feature digital screens for customer information and an area with standing room and hip rests for riders.

The cafe car. —Amtrak

The engineer’s cab, which Amtrak calls “the nucleus of the train,” will have enhanced “tilting technology” that will allow trains to travel at higher speeds, even along curves.

The engineer’s cab —Amtrak

The first prototype will be ready for testing later this year.