Atlantic City Express Service Update

The casino consortium, which owns NJT's new Atlantic City Express Service (ACES) from New York to Atlantic City, just announced that they will add a stop at Newark Penn Station.  This stop was added in addition to the stop at New York Penn Station, Trenton Station, and, of course, Atlantic City Terminal.

ACES is expected to begin in the 2nd half of this year with 8 multilevel cars with retrofitted interiors.  The cars will have 1st class and coach seating.  They will have leather seating, food and beverage kiosks, and space for luggage.  Just last week, NJT approved the contract with Bombardier to have these 8 cars modified.  The casino consortium will pay nearly 15 million dollars to purchase and modify these cars.  Additionally, the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority paid 4.5 million dollars towards the purchase of P40s from Amtrak, since the trains will need both diesel and electric engines.

ACES is owned by a consortium of 3 casino-hotels: the Borgata, Caesars and Harrah's Resort Atlantic City.  They are contracting NJT for the operation of the line, and it will be operated at no cost to NJT.  At this time, it's unclear how many trains will be running on this new weekend service, and the consortium doesn't have any rider projections.  The price of the tickets is still being determined as well.

You can read more about the ACES update in this article: