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The history of Amtrak's new Acela trains, which will likely be delayed beyond their 2021 estimated date

Mary Meisenzahl   

The history of Amtrak's new Acela trains, which will likely be delayed beyond their 2021 estimated date
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  • Amtrak's Acela 21 project aims to have new trainsets running between Boston and Washington D.C. by 2021.
  • Earlier this week, Amtrak showed off the exteriors of the first of its new trains.
  • A new report from the railroad's inspector general predicted that management weaknesses could cause delays in the new trains' rollout beyond the expected date.
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Amtrak's new Acela trainsets will be sleek, with lower energy usage and more inviting interiors

But none of that matters if passengers can't ride them.

New trains from the $2.1 billion Acela 21 project are supposed to be up and running by 2021, but a new report from the railroad's inspector general found they're at "significant risk" of delays. These delays could have a ripple effect on the rest of Amtrak, affecting its busiest route and causing it to cut service.

Here's everything that's been happening with the now-troubled project since it was first announced in 2016:




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