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Amtrak to add private rooms to Northeast regional overnight trains

A passenger boards an Amtrak Northeast Regional train at Union Station in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015.  Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg
A passenger boards an Amtrak Northeast Regional train at Union Station in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/BloombergAndrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Amtrak’s Northeast Regional trains will now include private rooms for select trains traveling overnight between Washington, D.C., Boston, and New York, officials said.

The rooms will be available on trains beginning April 5, Amtrak said in a statement. Trains will feature three kinds of private rooms — Roomettes, Bedrooms, and Accessible Bedrooms.

“We offer a one-of-a-kind way to reach your destination that is unique to Amtrak,” said Amtrak Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing and Revenue Officer Roger Harris. “In addition to all the safety precautions we are taking to make rail travel a safe experience, a private room will enhance the trip and give customers the added benefit of more comfort, space and privacy.”

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Rooms will feature seating that folds into a bed, “newly-upgraded” bedding, pillows, towels, and linens, the statement said. Bedrooms will have twice the space of a roomette and other amenities including a shower. Travelers can purchase adjoining bedrooms to create a “bedroom suite.”

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