Amtrak Taking ‘Gamble’ on Acela Reinstatement

A high-ranking Amtrak executive acknowledged to The Wall Street Journal that returning Acela Express service on June 1 is something of a gamble.

Amtrak Executive Vice President Roger Harris, who serves as the company’s chief marketing officer, said the carrier is betting that some business travel will have resumed by then or will soon resume.

But Harris acknowledged that how soon passengers will return remains unknown.

Harris told the newspaper that Amtrak fears losing premium travelers to air shuttles in between New York and Washington after competing successfully against them for decades.

Only 60 percent of the available seats aboard the trains will be available for sale.

The article also said Amtrak is talking with its unions about delaying a scheduled pay increase set to be awarded on July 1.

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