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Amtrak Announces Nonstop Acela Service Between DC and New York

Goodbye, Philadelphia.

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Amtrak announced Thursday it will offer two nonstop Acela services between Washington, DC, and New York beginning September 23. The intermittently high-speed trains will skip stations between the metropolises twice a day.

Washington’s Acela class may want to to tamp down its excitement somewhat about the change: The nonstop service will shave 15 minutes off your trip, but it’s geared toward passengers departing from New York, with a 6:35 AM service to Union Station and a return at 4:35 PM. Still, the prospect of missing Philadelphia may prompt Acela regulars to rejigger their schedules to make it work.

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Andrew Beaujon joined Washingtonian in late 2014. He was previously with the Poynter Institute, TBD.com, and Washington City Paper. His book A Bigger Field Awaits Us: The Scottish Soccer Team That Fought the Great War was published in 2018. He lives in Del Ray.