To accommodate demand, Amtrak wants to add cars to each of the 20 Acela trains now in its schedules, increasing Acela capacity 40 percent, the railroad said, or about 124 seats per train. Amtrak plans to add the new cars by 2015, and by 2020 increase the frequency of the trains between New York and Washington.
Too, by allocating the $300 million federal General Services Administration wastes on maintenance of vacant office buildings, Amtrak can add sleepers, parlor cars, and diners. That's so the railroad can accommodate the increased demand for first class space on long distance trains. It's appalling that Amtrak, IMO, has to turn away customers because of stingy capital available for new equipment.