In Brief
In what is considered the most significant infrastructure investment in the company's 45 years, Amtrak is using more than $2 billion to update its trains.

If you choose to travel by Amtrak, you know you’re in for a leisurely (and slightly boring) journey across the U.S. There’s nothing wrong with this mode of transport. But, given the choice, flying offers more amenities and comforts.

That’s all about to change, though.

The government has loaned the company $2.45 billion to invest in 28 next-generation train sets and significant upgrades to Acela Express equipment in the Northeast Corridor. This means, starting in 2021, passengers can expect a whole new modernized travel experience.

According to the Amtrak website, about $2 billion will be spent on new perks including:

  • Extra seating
  • Modern interior design
  • Improved Wi-Fi access and quality
  • Personal outlets, USB ports, and adjustable reading lights at every seat
  • Enhanced food service options
  • Exceed the ADA minimum accessibility requirements

Perhaps best of all, these new trains will travel at speeds up to almost 300 kph (186 mph). Will that kill the environment? Nope. The lighter, more aerodynamic design that allows this speed will also cut energy consumption by about 20 percent.

This means you’ll have a clear conscience as you settle in for your next trip.