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Acela

Acela
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The Acela, Amtrak’s premium service, is the fastest train in the Western Hemisphere, with a maximum speed of 150 mph on sections of its route between Boston and New Haven, Connecticut. Its top speed between New York City and Washington is 135 mph.

The name “Acela” comes from a combination of the words “acceleration” and “excellence.” More than 60.7 million passengers have traveled on the fleet of up to 20 Acela trainsets since revenue service began on Dec. 11, 2000. In FY 2022, customers took more than 2.1 million Acela trips and generated more than $338.9 million in ticket revenue.

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