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Why Acela? The "Green" Way to Get There

Environmentally sound. Eco-friendly. Energy-efficient. We have heard the terms, and we know what they mean. When it comes to defining those terms in the transportation industry, Acela Express is at the head of the class.

As you can see from the chart below, Acela offers a very clean mode of transportation, plus qualities and benefits not available on a plane or car.

Our powerful electric propulsion engines save precious resources and reduce greenhouse gases. Trains consume almost 20% less energy per passenger-mile compared to airplanes, and 30% less energy than automobiles. Yet with two locomotives on each train, Acela generates enough strength and speed to get you from city to city safely and efficiently.

So, the next time your schedule calls for a trip to New York, Boston, Philadelphia, or Washington, take Acela — and do something good for the environment.

Fuel Efficiency of Major Modes of Transportation
Mode of Transportation Energy Used (BTUs)
Airliner 2,826
Car 3,538
Train 2,435
  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory Data on Fuel Efficiency - Transportation Energy Data Book (Edition 30), Table 2.12

Note: BTU stands for British Thermal Unit, a standard unit of energy. Figures listed refer to BTUs used per passenger mile.