Fastest Train of America – How Fast, History and Future

There is a lot to talk about the trains of America, but in this article we will focus on the fastest train of America.

America has a great, rich railroad history, building its first transcontinental railroad in the 19th century, many things have changed since.

Today, Americans prefer cars traveling over trains, highways over rail tracks. As a result, the passenger railroad infrastructure and the technology deployed in passenger trains have been left behind, compared with the contenders of European or Asian countries.

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Fastest train of America has a top speed of 150 mph, with an average of 84 mph which is almost half of the speed the bullet trains in Europe reach.

The fastest train of America also called Acela Express travels on 447 miles of track, from South Station Boston to Union Station in Washington D.C. The average journey time between point A and B is between 6 hours and 38 minutes to 6 hours and 50 minutes.

Acela Express offers two classes, Business and First Class, both offering great amenities as WiFi, power outlets, meals available, large trays.

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Fastest Train of America History

Following the Shinkansen network success in Japan, the U.S Congress has passed what is called the High Speed Ground Transportation Act of 1965, which directed the U.S Government to explore ways to build a fast train in America.

As a result, the Metroliner was created in 1969, which operated with a speed of up to 125 mph, between New York City and Washington D.C.
The last Metroliner service was on October 27, 2006 when AmTrak Acela fully replaced the Metroliner, becoming the fastest train of America.

The AmTrak Acela project started with AmTrak revealing their plan to build a high speed train; and by the end of the year 1999, they already requested bids from some train manufacturers with the requirement that the train has to reach speeds of up to 150mph.

The Future of the Fastest Train of America

By 2016, AmTrak secured a federal loan package of $2.45 billion to renew it’s fleet, get new equipment for the Acela Express service and upgrade the NEC. The newly funded fleet will have 28 trainsets which will be longer and faster, with speeds of up to 186MPH, they will be built by Alstom in Hornell and Rochester in New York.

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