Amtrak will start using high-speed trains in 2021

Amtrak is stepping into the future.

By 2021, Amtrak will start rolling out 28 high-speed trains for its Acela Express service in the Northeast.

Scroll down for a closer look at the trains and Amtrak’s overall plan.

Amtrak is releasing the high-speed trains as part of its $2.45 billion investment in the Northeast Corridor.

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The majority of that federal loan (a whopping $2 billion to be exact) will go toward the new trains, while the rest will help revitalize train stations and improve tracks to accommodate the high-speed trains.

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The new trains will initially operate at 160 miles per hour, but have the ability to reach 186 miles per hour, according to Amtrak.

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But the train's interior are getting an upgrade too. Updated features include improved WiFi, adjustable reading lights, more USB ports, more outlets, and better food service.

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Releasing 28 more trains will allow for half-hourly service between Washington DC and New York during peak hours, and hourly service between New York and Boston.

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The trains will also increase passenger capacity by 35%.

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The new high-speed rail will also be 30% lighter, cutting down on energy consumption by 20%.

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Amtrak is contracting with Alstom, the creator of France's high-speed rail the TGV, to create the high-speed trains. The TGV operates at 200 miles per hour.

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The prototype of the high-speed train will be ready in 2019, with some rolling out for service in 2021. By 2022, all 28 trains will be operating.

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Learn more about Amtrak's high-speed train here.

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