This article reports on some major innovations in the Amtrak rail network in the USA's North East Corridor and in light rail in New Jersey (NJ). From May 1999, Amtrak services have been simplified to first, business, and coach class. The new ACELA (acceleration and excellence) tilting trains will reduce Amtrak's journey time between Boston and New York from 5h to 3h, and between New York and Washington from 3h to 2.5h. ACELA trains are based on the French TGV trains; 20 have been ordered by AMTRAK, and two had been delivered by Autumn 1999. Each ACELA train has 304 seats, and includes one first-class and four business-class coaches. Amtrak is in the middle of its largest and widest customer service initiative; it guarantees world-class service to every customer on every train, and gives customers a credit for future travel if it fails to deliver it. Amtrak and Motorola have designed an automated on-board fare collection system, the first in the USA, which uses advanced technology to track train trips and revenues and provide effortless, seamless journeys. Amtrak is also investing in smart card technology. The initial stage of the new Hudson-Bergen Light Rail Transit system links Bayonne, NJ to Jersey City centre, the Hudson ferries, PATH services to Newark, NJ and New York, and main-line commuter services at Hoboken, NJ.

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    Ian Allan Publishing, Limited

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  • Authors:
    • HUNTER, D
    • HEAPS, C
    • MALINS, R
  • Publication Date: 2000-2


  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 26-7
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 57
    • Issue Number: 617
    • Publisher: Ian Allan Publishing, Limited
    • ISSN: 0026-8356

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  • Accession Number: 00790338
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Apr 11 2000 12:00AM