Northeast_Regional_(Amtrak)

Northeast Regional (Amtrak)

The Northeast Regional is Amtrak's service between Newport News, Virginia and Boston, Massachusetts. It has also been known as NortheastDirect, Acela Regional, and Regional. Amtrak removed the Acela from the name due to mass confusion by passengers with the high speed Acela Express in early-2003. There is frequent daily all-reserved service, operating every hour of every day. Most have Business Class and a Café Car.

Most trains operate between Boston and Washington, with some continuing to Richmond or Newport News with a diesel engine. Some operate only between Boston and New York, Boston and Philadelphia, and New York and Washington.

Travel times are approximately four hours from Newport News to Washington, two hours from Washington to Philadelphia, one and a half hours from Philadelphia to New York, and four hours from New York to Boston.

Equipment

Trains are usually 6 to 10 cars long, with an electric locomotive pulling at the head end between Boston and Washington. The electric locomotives are AEM-7 class, built 1978–1987 with 7000 horsepower (5.2 MW), Rebuilt AEM-7's (AEM-7AC) with 8000 horsepower (6 MW), or a Bombardier/Alstom HHP-8 built 1999–2002, also with 8000 horsepower (6 MW), although these are not as commonly used on Regionals, since they are standard power on long-distance trains that use the Northeast Corridor (the Cardinal, the Carolinian, the Crescent, the Palmetto, the Silver Meteor and the Silver Star). Diesel engines are used between Washington and Newport News. Only select trains operate between those cities; most terminate/originate at Washington.

The cars are Amfleet I series passenger cars built by the Budd Company in the mid to late 1970s. Prior to March 2008 when Amtrak changed its format for the new Northeast Regional serivce, the first car was Business Class (formerly the last car), and the second car was the operational Café Car (formerly the second-to-last car). Today, all regional trains have the cafe in the middle of the train, but the business class car is still on the front. If a second Café Car is present, it is only used for passenger seating. Rarely, there will be no business class car, but instead limited business class seating at the front of the Café Car featuring wider seats than typical business class (3 across). Amtrak has also introduced a number of new products in its cafe car and it has lowered its prices.

Naming

The services along the line, as inherited from Penn Central, once had their own names, like the Yankee Clipper and the Federal; typically a name applied to at most one train and its "twin" in the opposite direction. On October 28, 1995, Amtrak introduced the NortheastDirect brand for all trains on the Northeast Corridor (and its extension to Newport News, Virginia) except for the express Metroliner and hourly Clocker services. The November 10, 1996 timetable restored the old names in addition to the NortheastDirect brand. The names (except the Twilight Shoreliner) were permanently dropped with the May 16, 1999 schedule, and on January 31, 2000 the first rebranded Acela Regional electrified trains ran. Due to confusion with the Acela Express, the name was changed again on March 17, 2003 to Regional. On April 7, 2008 with the release of their new timetable, the name was changed again to Northeast Regional and as a result, Amtrak has started adding the new Northeast Regional logo to their cafe cars. However, to this day, some Amfleet cars still have the NortheastDirect branding in the side.

Classes of service

  • Coach class: This class has large, comfortable seats with reading lamps and folding tables and either 1 or 2 120V 3-Prong AC outlets per seat pair. Reservations are required.
  • Business Class: Seating with extra legroom, and complimentary non-alcoholic beverages and snacks are available. Reservations are required.
  • First Class was formerly offered on NortheastDirect trains but is no longer available on Northeast Regional trains. It is now exclusively on Acela Express trains.

Beginning with the schedule effective April 25, 2005, Amtrak abolished the previously common unreserved trains. Now, any ticketed passenger is guaranteed a seat on his/her train. "Reservations" may be made at any time prior to the train's departure, easing the frequent practice of arriving at the station and purchasing a ticket for the next train.

Route

The Northeast Regional operates over Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, Amtrak, Metro-North Railroad, and CSX Transportation trackage:

There is frequent service between Washington-New York and Washington-Boston throughout the day. There is some service to Springfield, Massachusetts, either through to Washington or via a connection at New Haven, Connecticut. Trains between Springfield and New Haven operate over Amtrak trackage but require a diesel locomotive over that portion. Some trains go as far south as Richmond or Newport News, Virginia.

Until around 1999, some service to Springfield continued east to Boston, for an alternate Inland Route between New York and Boston. One weekend train stayed along this route until the November 1, 2004 schedule.

One train, the Federal (Twilight Shoreliner until 2004), used to provide premium overnight sleeper service between Washington and Boston, giving the corridor 24 hour service; the Federal name (briefly resurrected in 2004) is no longer used as an indication of the absence of sleeper service, but a Northeast Regional runs in its place.

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State Town/City Station Connections
South Station, Back Bay, Route 128, Providence, Kingston, Westerly, Mystic, New London and Old Saybrook stations are only used for service between Boston, Massachusetts and Newport News, Virginia.
Massachusetts Boston South Station Amtrak: Acela Express, Lake Shore Limited
MBTA Commuter Rail: Fairmount Line, Framingham/Worcester Line, Franklin Line, Needham Line, Old Colony Lines, Greenbush Line Providence/Stoughton Line
MBTA Bus Lines: 4, 6, 7, 11, 448, 449, 459
MBTA Subway Lines: Red Line, Silver Line (Phase II)
Back Bay Amtrak: Acela Express, Lake Shore Limited
MBTA Commuter Rail: Framingham/Worcester Line, Franklin Line, Needham Line, Providence/Stoughton Line
MBTA Bus Lines: 10, 39, 170
MBTA Subway Lines: Orange Line
Westwood Route 128 Amtrak: Acela Express
MBTA Commuter Rail: Providence/Stoughton Line
Rhode Island Providence Providence Amtrak: Acela Express
MBTA Commuter Rail: Providence/Stoughton Line
South Kingstown Kingston none
Westerly Westerly
Connecticut Mystic Mystic
New London New London Amtrak: Acela Express
ConnDOT: Shore Line East
SEAT Buses
Old Saybrook Old Saybrook ConnDOT: Shore Line East
Springfield, Windsor Locks, Windsor, Hartford Union Station, Berlin, Meriden and Wallingford stations are only used for service between Springfield, Massachusetts and Newport News, Virginia.
Massachusetts Springfield Springfield Amtrak: Lake Shore Limited, Vermonter, Shuttle
Connecticut Windsor Locks Windsor Locks Amtrak: Vermonter, Shuttle
Windsor Windsor Amtrak: Shuttle
Hartford Hartford Union Station Amtrak: Vermonter, Shuttle
Kensington Berlin
Meriden Meriden
Wallingford Waillingford Amtrak: Shuttle
New Haven New Haven-Union Station Amtrak: Acela Express, Shuttle, Vermonter
ConnDOT: Shore Line East
CT Transit New Haven: J, Commuter Connection Downtown and Sargent Drive, Temple Street Garage Shuttle
Metro-North Railroad: New Haven Line
Bridgeport Bridgeport Amtrak: Vermonter
ConnDOT: Shore Line East
GBTA: Coastal Link, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17
Metro-North Railroad: New Haven Line
Stamford Stamford Amtrak: Acela Express, Vermonter
ConnDOT: Shore Line East
CT Transit Stamford: 11, 13, 14, 21, 22, 24, 31, 32, 33, 34, 41, 42, 43, 44, Commuter Connection Central, Commuter Connection-North, Commuter Connection Route 1 - East, Commuter Connection Bulls Head, I-Bus
Metro-North Railroad: New Haven Line
New York New Rochelle New Rochelle Bee-Line: 7, 30, 42, 45, 60, 61, 62, 66, 91
Metro-North Railroad: New Haven Line
New York City Penn Station Amtrak: Acela Express, Adirondack, Cardinal, Carolinian, Crescent, Empire Service, Ethan Allen Express, Keystone Service, Lake Shore Limited, Maple Leaf, Palmetto, Pennsylvanian, Silver Meteor, Silver Star, Vermonter
LIRR: Main Line, Port Washington Branch
NJ Transit: North Jersey Coast Line, Northeast Corridor Line, Gladstone Branch, Montclair-Boonton Line, Morristown Line
NYC Subway: 1, 2, 3, A, C, E
NYC Transit buses: M10, M16, M20, M34, Q32
New Jersey Newark Newark Penn Station Amtrak: Acela Express, Cardinal, Carolinian, Crsecent, Keystone Service, Pennsylvanian, Silver Meteor, Silver Star, Vermonter
NJ Transit: Newark City Subway, Newark Light Rail, North Jersey Coast Line, Northeast Corridor Line, Raritan Valley Line, 1, 5, 21, 34, 40, 62, 67, 70, 71, 72, 73, 75, 76, 78, 79, 108, 308, 319, 978
PATH: NWK-WTC
Coach USA: 31, 44
Newark Liberty International Airport AirTrain Newark: to Newark Liberty International Airport
Amtrak: Keystone Service
NJ Transit: North Jersey Coast Line, Northeast Corridor Line
Iselin Metropark Amtrak: Acela Express, Keystone Service, Vermonter
NJ Transit: Northeast Corridor Line 62, 801, 802, 803, 804, 805
New Brunswick New Brunswick Amtrak: Keystone Service
NJ Transit: Northeast Corridor Line, 810, 811, 814, 815, 818, 980
Princeton Princeton Junction Amtrak: Keystone Service, Pennsylvanian
NJ Transit: Northeast Corridor Line, Princeton Branch, 600, 976
Trenton Trenton Rail Station Amtrak: Acela Express, Cardinal, Carolinian, Crescent, Keystone Service, Pennsylvanian, Silver Star, Silver Meteor, Vermonter
NJ Transit: Northeast Corridor Line, River Line, 409, 418, 600, 601, 604, 606, 608, 609, 611, 619
SEPTA Regional Rail: R7, 127
Pennsylvania Cornwells Heights Cornwells Heights Amtrak: Keystone Service
SEPTA Regional Rail: R7
Philadelphia North Philadelphia Amtrak: Keystone Service
SEPTA Regional Rail: R7, R8, Broad Street Subway, Routes 54, C
30th Street Station Amtrak: Acela Express, Cardinal, Carolinian, Crescent, Keystone Service, Palmetto, Pennsylvanian, Silver Meteor, Silver Star, Vermonter
NJ Transit: Atlantic City Line
SEPTA City Transit Division: Market-Frankford Line, SEPTA Subway-Surface Trolley Lines (Route 10, Route 11, Route 13, Route 34, Route 36), 9, 30, 31, 44, 62, 121, 316
SEPTA Suburban Transit Division: 124, 125
SEPTA Regional Rail: R1, R2, R3, R5, R6, R7, R8
Delaware Wilmington Wilmington Station Amtrak: Acela Express, Cardinal, Carolinian, Crescent, Palmetto, Silver Meteor, Silver Star, Vermonter
DART First State: 2, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12, 20, 21, 28, 32, 301
SEPTA Regional Rail: R2
NJ Transit: 423
Newark Newark Rail Station DART First State: 16, 33, 59, 65
SEPTA Regional Rail: R2
Maryland Aberdeen Aberdeen MARC Train: Penn Line
Baltimore Baltimore Penn Station Amtrak: Acela Express, Cardinal, Carolinian, Crescent, Palmetto, Silver Meteor, Silver Star, Vermonter
MARC Train: Penn Line
MTA Maryland: Light Rail, 3, 11, 61, 64
BWI Rail Station Amtrak: Acela Express, Vermonter
MARC Train: Penn Line
MTA Maryland: 17
New Carrollton New Carrollton Amtrak: Vermonter
MARC Train: Penn Line
Metro: Orange Line, 84, 85, 88, B21, B22, B24, B25, B27, B29, B31, C28, F12, F13, F14, F4, F6 , L99, R12, T16, T17, T18 The Bus:15,16,21,21X
District of Columbia Washington Washington Union Station Amtrak: Acela Express, Capitol Limited, Cardinal, Carolinian, Crescent, Palmetto, Silver Meteor, Silver Star, Vermonter, Thruway Motorcoach to Charlottesville, Virginia
MARC Train: Brunswick Line, Camden Line, Penn Line
Metro: Red Line
Metrobus: Loudoun, OmniRid
VRE: Manassas Line, Fredericksburg Line
Virginia Alexandria Alexandria Union Station Amtrak: Cardinal, Carolinian, Crescent, Silver Meteor, Silver Star
VRE: Fredericksburg Line, Manassas Line
Metro: Blue Line, Yellow Line
Springfield Franconia-Springfield Fairfax Connector: 123, 171, 231, 232, 301, 303, 304, 305, 310, 321, 322, 331, 332, 380, 401
Metro: Blue Line
Metrobus: OmniRide, 18R, 18S, S80, S91
VRE: Fredericksburg Line
Woodbridge Woodbridge VRE: Fredericksburg Line
Quantico Quantico Amtrak: Carolinian
VRE: Fredericksburg Line
Fredericksburg Fredericksburg
Ashland Ashland none
Richmond Richmond Staples Mill Road Amtrak: Carolinian, Palmetto, Silver Meteor, Silver Star, Thruway Motorcoach to Charlottesville, Virginia
Richmond Main Street Station none
Williamsburg Williamsburg HRT: Route 121
WAT: Blue Line, Brown Line, Gray Line, Orange Line, Purple Line, Red Line, Yellow Line
Newport News Newport News Amtrak: Thruway Motorcoach to Virginia Beach, Virginia
HRT: Route 106/107