Amtrak's Acela Express to Stop in Stamford for First Time; Weekend High-Speed Service Begins April 29

Apr 29, 2001, 01:00 ET from Amtrak

    STAMFORD, Conn., April 29 /PRNewswire/ -- U.S. Representative Christopher
 Shays (R-CT), Stamford Mayor Dan Malloy and Connecticut Director of
 Transportation Harry Harris will help Amtrak celebrate the first high-speed
 Acela Express stop in Stamford on Sunday, April 29, as the railroad again
 expands high-speed service in New England.
     Starting April 29, Acela Express will make six stops in Stamford weekdays
 and four stops weekends.
     "New England has been key to the early success of Acela Express," said
 Amtrak Northeast Corridor President Stan Bagley.  "More than a third of the
 80,000-plus people who've taken Acela Express since service began in December
 have boarded in New England and we're confident that ridership in this area
 will continue to grow with the addition of the Stamford stop."
     Ridership on Acela Express in Stamford is expected to be strong because of
 the large number of Fortune 500 companies located in the area including
 General Electric, IBM, Pepsi-Cola Company, Pitney Bowes, Inc., and
 Priceline.com.  With the lack of convenient nearby air service, business
 travel between Stamford and Boston, Philadelphia or Washington will benefit
 enormously from high-speed rail service.  Amtrak aims to make Acela Express
 can be the preferred choice for corridor travel and will make Stamford more
 attractive for new business development.  Acela Express also opens up markets
 for travel such as Stamford-Philadelphia, Stamford-Wilmington and Stamford-
 Trenton -- markets that travelers today are more likely drive.
     Guests traveling to Stamford aboard Acela Express will enjoy oversized,
 comfortable seats with ample legroom and adjustable headrests, at-seat audio
 programming, oversized windows through which to enjoy the breathtaking views
 of the Connecticut shoreline, fresh and healthy food items in the Cafe car and
 spacious, more home-like restrooms.
     Representative Shays, Mayor Malloy and Mr. Harris greeted the train upon
 its arrival in Stamford where they then held a news conference celebrating the
 first high-speed train in Stamford.
     "Amtrak's new Acela Express stop in Stamford will help reduce traffic
 congestion, and provide faster, more efficient service to Fairfield County's
 rail passengers," said Shays.  "High-speed rail can increase transportation
 capacity at a fraction of the cost of building new highways and will go a long
 way toward alleviating the increasing delays of air travel by shifting short-
 haul passengers to the rails."
     The Connecticut Department of Transportation is currently making major
 improvements to Stamford Station, with the support of Amtrak and Metro North,
 which will make the station more modern and upscale while incorporating world-
 class amenities, the station will expand from two to four platforms to
 accommodate the increased ridership Acela Express is expected to bring to
 Stamford.
     Station upgrades also include construction of two high-level center
 platforms allowing for up to four trains in the station at one time, new
 signage, new seating areas, better lighting and two elevators from platform
 level to station level.
     Work on the $95 million project is expected to be complete in the next two
 years.
     Weekdays, Acela Express will stop in Stamford at 9:57 a.m., 5:57 p.m. and
 7:57 p.m. with arrival in New York at 10:42 a.m., 6:42 p.m. and 8:42 p.m.
 respectively.
     Northbound service includes stops at 7:46 a.m., 8:46 a.m. and 6:44 p.m.
 arriving in Boston at 10:33 a.m., 11:33 a.m. and 9:31 p.m. respectively.
     The four weekend stops include two southbound at 10:57 a.m. and 6:57 p.m.
 and two northbound at 8:46 a.m. and 4:03 p.m.
     For more information on Acela Express check on-line at www.amtrak.com or
 call 1-800-USA-RAIL.
 
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    STAMFORD, Conn., April 29 /PRNewswire/ -- U.S. Representative Christopher
 Shays (R-CT), Stamford Mayor Dan Malloy and Connecticut Director of
 Transportation Harry Harris will help Amtrak celebrate the first high-speed
 Acela Express stop in Stamford on Sunday, April 29, as the railroad again
 expands high-speed service in New England.
     Starting April 29, Acela Express will make six stops in Stamford weekdays
 and four stops weekends.
     "New England has been key to the early success of Acela Express," said
 Amtrak Northeast Corridor President Stan Bagley.  "More than a third of the
 80,000-plus people who've taken Acela Express since service began in December
 have boarded in New England and we're confident that ridership in this area
 will continue to grow with the addition of the Stamford stop."
     Ridership on Acela Express in Stamford is expected to be strong because of
 the large number of Fortune 500 companies located in the area including
 General Electric, IBM, Pepsi-Cola Company, Pitney Bowes, Inc., and
 Priceline.com.  With the lack of convenient nearby air service, business
 travel between Stamford and Boston, Philadelphia or Washington will benefit
 enormously from high-speed rail service.  Amtrak aims to make Acela Express
 can be the preferred choice for corridor travel and will make Stamford more
 attractive for new business development.  Acela Express also opens up markets
 for travel such as Stamford-Philadelphia, Stamford-Wilmington and Stamford-
 Trenton -- markets that travelers today are more likely drive.
     Guests traveling to Stamford aboard Acela Express will enjoy oversized,
 comfortable seats with ample legroom and adjustable headrests, at-seat audio
 programming, oversized windows through which to enjoy the breathtaking views
 of the Connecticut shoreline, fresh and healthy food items in the Cafe car and
 spacious, more home-like restrooms.
     Representative Shays, Mayor Malloy and Mr. Harris greeted the train upon
 its arrival in Stamford where they then held a news conference celebrating the
 first high-speed train in Stamford.
     "Amtrak's new Acela Express stop in Stamford will help reduce traffic
 congestion, and provide faster, more efficient service to Fairfield County's
 rail passengers," said Shays.  "High-speed rail can increase transportation
 capacity at a fraction of the cost of building new highways and will go a long
 way toward alleviating the increasing delays of air travel by shifting short-
 haul passengers to the rails."
     The Connecticut Department of Transportation is currently making major
 improvements to Stamford Station, with the support of Amtrak and Metro North,
 which will make the station more modern and upscale while incorporating world-
 class amenities, the station will expand from two to four platforms to
 accommodate the increased ridership Acela Express is expected to bring to
 Stamford.
     Station upgrades also include construction of two high-level center
 platforms allowing for up to four trains in the station at one time, new
 signage, new seating areas, better lighting and two elevators from platform
 level to station level.
     Work on the $95 million project is expected to be complete in the next two
 years.
     Weekdays, Acela Express will stop in Stamford at 9:57 a.m., 5:57 p.m. and
 7:57 p.m. with arrival in New York at 10:42 a.m., 6:42 p.m. and 8:42 p.m.
 respectively.
     Northbound service includes stops at 7:46 a.m., 8:46 a.m. and 6:44 p.m.
 arriving in Boston at 10:33 a.m., 11:33 a.m. and 9:31 p.m. respectively.
     The four weekend stops include two southbound at 10:57 a.m. and 6:57 p.m.
 and two northbound at 8:46 a.m. and 4:03 p.m.
     For more information on Acela Express check on-line at www.amtrak.com or
 call 1-800-USA-RAIL.
 
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