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Amtrak's high-speed Acela service has been suspended

Amtrak suspended service on its high-speed Acela trains on the Northeast Corridor on Monday, due to reduced demand because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Acela trains travel between Boston and Washington D.C. multiple times a day.

“While Amtrak continues to operate across the nation, we have adjusted some services due to significantly reduced demand in key markets,” Amtrak officials wrote in a press release.

Travelers can still ride the Northeast Regional trains to New York and Washington, D.C., which are operating on a reduced schedule. Downeaster trains, which travel between Boston and Brunswick, Maine, are also operating on a reduced schedule. The company released a list of all trains operating on a reduced schedule and noted that cafe service has also stopped on some trains.

Keystone Service, Pennsylvanian trains, Pere Marquette, and Winter Park Express are also suspended.

Amtrak is waiving change fees on all existing or new reservations made before April 30, 2020.

Acela trains served more than 3.5 million passengers in 2019, according to Amtrak, which began high-speed testing of the new Acela trains last month.


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