Finally! Holy cow this is huge news. Beginning on September 23, 2019, Amtrak will offer weekday nonstop service from the nation's political capital to its financial and media capital. Washington DC to New York and NYC to DC, weekdays only.
Acela Nonstop will include one northbound and one southbound train per day on weekdays only. The southbound train will leave New York's Pennsylvania station at 6:35 a.m. and arrive at Washington, D.C.'s Union Station around 9:10 a.m. The northbound train will leave Union Station at 4:30 p.m. and arrive in New York around 7:05 p.m.
"This new service will offer an ideal solution for travelers who want to save time and travel between city center D.C. and New York," said Richard Anderson, Amtrak's president and chief executive.
Even so, those with dreams of a super-fast, bullet-train-type ride will need to adjust their expectations. Acela Nonstop will get you to your destination only about 15 minutes sooner than the regular Acela service.
Tickets for the new nonstop service are on sale. Fares for Acela Nonstop will be the same as for the regular Acela service.
PHOTO: commons.wikimedia.org, an Amtrak Acela train arriving at Boston Station. Photo: Loco Steve from Orpington, UK. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license.