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    Amtrak to expand weekend service between Boston and New York

    FILE - In this Oct. 18, 2016 file photo, an Amtrak Acela train travels through Old Lyme, Conn. On Friday, Dec. 16 federal railroad regulators endorsed an ambitious and costly plan to rebuild the congested Northeast Corridor over the next 30 years. The plan recommends a tunnel through Old Lyme after residents complained about the prospect of elevated tracks. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
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    An Amtrak Acela train traveled through Old Lyme, Conn., in October.

    Amtrak revealed Thursday it would expand weekend service between Boston and New York City.

    Starting April 8, customers taking the Acela Express trains will have more options on Saturday mornings and Sunday afternoons, the company said in a statement.

    A new Saturday departure will leave Boston at 6:10 a.m and reach New York at 9:45 a.m. Saturday morning, according to Amtrak spokesman Mike Tolbert..

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    The added Sunday afternoon round trip will leave Boston at 12:10 p.m. and reach New York at 3:46 p.m. The train will then depart Penn Station at 5:03 p.m. and return to Boston at 8:48 p.m., Tolbert said.

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    These new departures are a response to customer requests for more options on the busy Northeast Corridor, Amtrak said.

    “Our responsibility is to listen to our customers and continually improve our product to make sure Amtrak is always recognized as a smarter way to travel,” Mark Yachmetz, an Amtrak vice president, said in a statement.

    Amtrak is also working to meet demand by working with Alstom, an international train manufacturer, to produce 28 high-speed trains to eventually replace the current Acela Express trains.

    The prototypes for these trains are scheduled to begin testing in 2019 and could be on the tracks by 2021, according to Tolbert.

    Andrew Grant can be reached at andrew.grant@globe.com.