If you had hoped to work at Amazon's New York headquarters before the plug was pulled, you now might be able to pull off a long commute to National Landing.
Starting this fall, Amtrak will start offering nonstop, direct service between Washington Union Station and Penn Station in New York — the railway operator's two busiest stations across its network.
The service, dubbed Acela Nonstop, will have an initial weekday-only schedule that includes one southbound and one northbound train per day with an approximate trip time of 2 hours, 35 minutes. The southbound train will depart New York at 6:35 a.m. and is scheduled to arrive at Union Station by 9:10 a.m. The northbound train will depart the District at 4:30 p.m. and arrive at Penn Station around 7:05 p.m. Amtrak's Acela Express trains are the fastest train sets in the country, reaching up to 150 mph on the route.
Amtrak says it will weigh potential expansion in terms of location of frequency. Acela Nonstop will launch Sept. 23, with tickets currently available for purchase. An Amtrak spokesman said the Acela Nonstop fare between Washington and New York could be as low as $130 each way with a 21-day advance reservation required.
“The new Acela Nonstop service will have you half way to your New York City or D.C. destination in the time it would take you to board a flight,” Amtrak President and CEO Richard Anderson said in a statement. “This new service will offer an ideal solution for travelers who want to save time and travel between city center D.C. and New York.”
Amtrak is finalizing details on new amenities available through the service and will make more announcements closer to launch.
Acela Nonstop comes ahead of the 2021 launch of new Acela train sets, which are also expected to offer nonstop service between D.C. and New York and New York and Boston. Amtrak says it will start testing the trains later this year.
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