Management & Operations

Amtrak seeks new high-speed trains

Posted on July 9, 2014

Photo Loco Steve via Flickr
Photo Loco Steve via Flickr
With demand for high-speed rail service at record levels, Amtrak is moving
to acquire new trainsets to supplement and eventually replace its aging
Acela Express equipment currently operating on the heavily-traveled Northeast Corridor (NEC).

In a Request for Proposals (RFP), Amtrak is seeking up to 28 next-generation high-speed trainsets capable of meeting or exceeding current Acela trip-times on the existing NEC infrastructure. The new equipment is intended to have 40% more seats per train than current trainsets.

“The Northeast Corridor needs more high-speed rail capacity to help move
the American economy forward,” said President/CEO Joseph Boardman. “More and more people are choosing Amtrak for travel between Washi
ngton, New York and Boston. New equipment means more seats and more frequent departures to help meet that growing demand.”

Amtrak’s Acela Express service is as popular as ever, according to officials. Ridership is up 7% over last year and trains are often sold out, especially during peak periods. On 25 occasions so far in FY 2014, the number of daily trips on Acela topped 14,000. That’s compared to five times in FY 2013 and is an indication of the value placed on the convenience and comfort of high-speed rail. Current manufacturers of high-speed rail equipment, defined as manufacturers with equipment in commercial operation at speeds of at least 160mph, will be eligible to submit bids.

View comments or post a comment on this story. (1 Comment)

More News

SFRTA taps new deputy executive director

C. Mikel Oglesby brings almost a quarter of a century of experience in the transit industry to his position, most recently operating Oglesby Consulting LLC, a firm he established to provide transportation expertise to the public and private sectors.

CDTA unveils Navigator smart card brand

The new smart card is expected to begin public pilot testing later this year and will be fully deployed once testing is complete.

‘Living Lab’ for Transit Innovation Opens in Santa Clara, Calif.

The new initiative aims to rethink how VTA delivers bus, rail, roadway and other transportation services, said Santa Clara VTA GM Nuria Fernandez. As a catalyst for ingenuity, the center intends to pair itself with academics, startups, tech firms and nonprofits from the region. The center also will operate the VTA’s open data portal.

Interim MBTA boss vows all-hands-on-deck mentality for snowstorms

Frank DePaola, who was named to replace outgoing MBTA chief Beverly Scott, has already created a team to examine what went wrong this winter.

Public Transportation users save $9,238 annually

APTA releases this monthly Transit Savings Report to examine how an individual in a two-person household can save money by taking public transportation and living with one less car.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (1)

Please sign in or register to .    Close