Amtrak commissions Siemens Mobility Inc., based in California, to manufacture a new fleet of up to 83 modern multi-drive trains
Amtrak is investing $ 7.3 billion in a new fleet of state-of-the-art trains, including some of its first hybrid-electric trains, to modernize its aging fleet and attract more travelers, the company said on Wednesday.
The company will buy up to 83 new trains, most of which will run along the Northeast Corridor. They will also operate the long-haul Palmetto line from New York to Miami, as well as some government-sponsored routes, replacing Amtrak’s Amfleet, Metroliner, and government equipment on certain routes across the country.
Some of the new trains serving the New York area will be powered by Amtrak’s first hybrid-electric batteries to reduce air pollution.
“These new trains will reshape the future of rail travel by replacing our aging 40- to 50-year-old fleet with state-of-the-art, US-made equipment,” said Amtrak CEO Bill Flynn in a statement. “This investment is critical to the maintenance and growth of our regional and state-backed services in the Northeast and will enable our customers to travel comfortably and safely while greatly reducing the pollutants of the criteria.”
With the relaxation of Covid-19 restrictions, not only are travelers starting to board more flights, but passenger numbers continue to improve – they are approaching 60% of fiscal 2019 levels. By the weekend of July 4th, demand hit 80% of the From two years ago, the company announced to CNBC.
In addition to Northeast Regional, other routes served by the new fleet include Adirondack, Carolinian, Cascades, Downeaster, Empire Service, Ethan Allen Express, Keystone Service, Maple Leaf, New Haven / Springfield Service (Amtrak Hartford Line and Valley Flyer), Pennsylvania, Vermonter, and Virginia Services.
The new trains will include remote monitoring and fully integrated digital diagnostics, as well as more comfortable seating, individual power outlets and USB connections, on-board WiFi, improved lighting and panoramic windows, larger vestibules, digital seat reservations and navigation display systems, it said.
The new, state-of-the-art fleet will be manufactured in the Siemens Mobility railway works in Sacramento, California. Amtrak expects the upgrades to add more than 1.5 million passengers annually. The investment includes a parts supply and service contract as well as system modifications and upgrades.
“California’s innovation economy is recovering, and this $ 7.3 billion deal – one of the largest of its kind – represents high-paying jobs and further proves that California is a great place to do business,” said California Governor Gavin Newsom .
– CNBC’s Seema Mody contributed to this article.