The nonstop service will be halted through May 26, 2020.

Coronavirus is beginning to have an impact on train travel in the Northeast. Because of reduced demand over the past few weeks due to COVID-19 (coronavirus), Amtrak has announced it is suspending nonstop service between Washington, D.C., and New York on its Acela trains beginning on Tuesday, March 10, 2020. Offered twice a day, the nonstop service allows travelers to get from D.C. to New York City in about two and a half hours. 

As of now, Amtrak will cancel the nonstop service through May 26, 2020, but that could be extended. Travelers can still use regular, slower train service between Washington, D.C., and New York City, as well as Boston. Amtrak may also alter additional routes and reduce cars as needed in the next few months. The company will also be cleaning trains and stations more frequently, increasing the availability of hand sanitizers, and making sure employees practice good hygiene. 

Acela nonstop was launched last September to give commuters a faster way to get between New York City and Washington. If you have booked travel for the nonstop service, please contact Amtrak to get a refund or to exchange your ticket. To accommodate all travelers concerned about the coronavirus, Amtrak has also announced it will not be charging change fees for the time being.

Acela train service to Boston

Acela train service to Boston, courtesy Amtrak

Put into service in 2000, the Acela high-speed train can travel at speeds of up to 150 miles per hour. The trains offer business and first-class with amenities that include adjustable lighting, electrical outlets, free beverages, hot towels, and seated meal service. All seats include free Wifi, and furry friends under 20 pounds are welcome for an additional fee.

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