July 9, 2014
In an 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.
July 2, 2014
Agencies said their needs are too different and manufacturers are not yet ready to build trains that can run on both Amtrak's 100-year-old rail lines and the high-speed corridors planned for California's system.
June 11, 2014
The $1.8 million project, which began in July 2013 and was completed this May, was co-funded by Amtrak and the MTA through the Joint Benefits Agreement between the two agencies.
May 7, 2014
A $12.4 billion project to replace the Hudson tunnels, which would have more than doubled the number of peak-time runs, to 48 trains per hour, was canceled by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in 2010.
State, county and city officials advertised for independent companies to submit plans to find efficiencies and close the gap between revenues and operating costs.
April 30, 2014
The six-month program, which will be tested on trains traveling between Chicago and Quincy, Ill., will evaluate the idea for other trains nationally.
Sound Transit will manage construction activities that enable WSDOT to improve speed and reliability by moving Amtrak service through Pierce County to a more direct and less congested track that Sound Transit owns near I-5 rather than along the Puget Sound shoreline.
April 23, 2014
The newly-repowered locomotives are now used daily in Washington, D.C. The engine configuration helps reduce diesel fuel consumption by about 50% and produces fewer pollutant emissions.
April 9, 2014
The companies, preparing to submit proposals to Amtrak and the California High Speed Rail Authority, are competing for a multibillion dollar contract to manufacture 43 state-of-the-art high speed “train sets."
Report details how the corridor, carrying 750,000 daily Amtrak and commuter passengers, is a critical national asset. It also calculates that a loss of the corridor for one day would cost nearly $100 million in transportation-related impacts and productivity.
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