Amtrak announced plans to introduce 28 next-generation, high-speed trains in 2021, replacing those used on the current Acela Express service. The change is part of a $2.45 billion-dollar plan to upgrade the current Amtrak offerings in the Northeast corridor. New trains have one-third more seats, WiFi access, personal outlets and USB ports, adjustable reading lights at every seat and enhanced dining.
“Amtrak is taking the necessary actions to keep our customers, the Northeast region and the American economy moving forward. These trainsets and the modernization and improvement of infrastructure will provide our customers with the mobility and experience of the future,” said Joe Boardman, CEO and president, Amtrak.
New trains increase service on a 30-minute basis during peak times between New York and Washington, D.C. They also allow for increased service between New York and Boston. New infrastructure improvements can accommodate speeds of up to 186 mph on the routes. Amtrak assures the trains are additionally one of the safest designs available.
“As more people rely on Amtrak, we need modernized equipment and infrastructure to keep the region moving. These trainsets will build on the popularity and demand of the current Acela Express and move this company into the future as a leader in providing world-class transportation,” said Anthony Coscia, chairman of the board, Amtrak.
The Northeast corridor changes include upgrades to the Washington Union Station and Moynihan Station New York, as well as fleet maintenance facilities.
The first prototype of the new trains is expected to arrive in 2019. All of the current fleet on the route between Boston, New York and Washington, D.C., retire by the end of 2023.
The Franklin London Launches Afternoon Tea Inspired by Victoria & Albert Museum’s “Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser”
The Franklin London – Starhotels Collezione, located in the heart of Knightsbridge, launched a new afternoon tea inspired by the “Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser” exhibit at the nearby Victoria & Albert Museum. Diners booking the tea also have the option to book an offer including a pre-reserved ticket to the in-demand exhibition.
The biggest names in the Middle East sporting community will gather for the Sports Industry Awards as the event returns for its eighth edition. SPIA recognizes the achievements of individuals, organizations, facilities and campaigns that contributed to the development of sport in the region.
Pride Month is in full swing and to celebrate the community, make a colorful cocktail everyone will enjoy. These colorful ingredients will get the party started during Pride or any time of the year. Start this recipe the night before to create the rainbow ice cubes.
Up Norway, Norway’s travel curator, partners with sustainability experts to offer travelers a new tour. The Discovery Route, called the “world’s most sustainable journey,” combines personal wellness with the wellness of the environment.
Driving into Dallas during a rainstorm, we were eager to arrive at our destination. The valet parking at Marriott Dallas Uptown is underground and ideal for inclement weather. We took the elevator to the lobby and made our way to the registration desk. The staff wore masks, but still managed to convey a warm greeting. On the wall behind them hung a colorful piece of art made partially from reclaimed wood that depicts neighborhood scenes. The new hotel covers an entire block in a residential area and opened earlier this year.
Business travel is on the brink of returning, according to three new reports. The latest monthly Traveler Confidence Index developed by Travel Again shows business traveler confidence soared in May, with 42 percent now fully ready to travel, up from just 20 percent in April. An additional 31 percent are planning some type of business travel for summer, with 74 percent willing to travel domestically for business in the next 90 days. However, employers may not be as ready, with only 22 percent of business travel respondents with current business travel plans.
The Sports Industry Awards returned with a bang last night as 200 guests packed the W Hotel Great Ball Room for the gala ceremony.
Although travel restrictions are beginning to lift, many Americans aren’t ready to travel yet, but still want to get out and explore something new. WalletHub, a personal-finance website, recently conducted a study to find out the best cities for a staycation this summer.