Amtrak Expands At-Seat Cart Service on Acela Express Trains

WASHINGTON – Responding to requests for additional food cart service onboard Amtrak’s high-speed premium Acela Express service, Amtrak has announced expanded food cart service on its premier Northeast Corridor trains.

The cart service is featured on four additional Acela Express trains traveling daily between New York and Washington, D.C., bringing the total of Acela Express trains offering at seat cart service to 10. This highly popular service provides passengers the opportunity to enjoy snacks and beverages without ever leaving the comfort of their seats. Regular café service will continue to be offered with similar menu choices.

“We are extremely pleased with the success and resulting expansion of our at-seat cart service program,” said Northeast Corridor Service Operations Superintendent Lenore Slimbock. “This enhancement became possible largely due to the hard work and dedication of our onboard crew members.”

In addition to other onboard service upgrades such as an enhanced menu for Acela Express and upgraded meal service for First Class passengers, all Northeast Corridor passengers are also benefiting from recent capital improvements to tracks and signals, making for more reliable, smoother travel.

“Amtrak’s Acela Express service continues to serve as an attractive option to traveling on jammed highways and hassles with other modes of transportation in the Northeast,” added Denise Labencki-Fullmer, Director of Amtrak Onboard Service Operations in Wilmington, Delaware. “The exemplary performance of our onboard staff has certainly contributed to the overall success of this program, and has made for an extremely positive traveling experience for our passengers.”

In figures for the four months ending January 31, 2007, more than one million passengers (1,020,031) rode Amtrak Acela Express trains, an increase of nearly 20 percent from the same period a year earlier.  Acela Express ticket revenue is up by nearly 22 percent and is in the excess of $127 million for the first four months of Amtrak’s Fiscal Year 2007.