New Acela Fleet

The trains are being manufactured at Alstom’s facility in Hornell, NY.

Project Status

In Production

Amtrak is contracting with Alstom to produce 28 next-generation high-speed trains that will replace the current fleet of Amtrak's premium Acela service.

Building on Amtrak’s expertise as the only high-speed rail operator in the U.S. and Alstom’s record of delivering world class, proven, high speed trainsets — Amtrak and Alstom have partnered to introduce the next generation of Acela.

The contract is part of a $2.45 billion investment in the heavily traveled Northeast Corridor (NEC) as part of a multifaceted modernization program to renew and expand Acela service. With 95% of the trainset components being made in America, our new Acelas have generated over 1,300 new jobs in over 90 cities across the United States.

With the introduction of the new Acela fleet, Amtrak is reimagining the future of rail and setting the stage for the next generation of train travel in America and on the NEC. Elevating the travel experience, the new Acela offers enhancements in comfort, technology, innovation and safety on Amtrak’s most environmentally sustainable fleet of trains to date. Designed with the customer in mind, the new Acela has nearly 25% more seats with plenty of leg room, personal outlets and USB ports, complimentary WiFi, sophisticated onboard information systems and spacious restrooms with contactless features.

The new Acela will operate at top speeds of 160 mph vs. today’s fleet, which operates at top speeds of 150 mph.

Alstom and Amtrak have commenced high-speed testing of the new Acela fleet on the Northeast Corridor, allowing Alstom to begin the next step in the safety certification process that leads toward launching revenue service. Amtrak’s new Acela fleet is scheduled to enter service on the NEC in 2024.





New Acela Photos



  • Increased capacity
  • Safety
  • Passenger service
  • Connectivity
  • Environmental impact


  • Amtrak
  • U.S. DOT Federal Railroad Administration
  • Alstom