Amtrak announced it has pledged to reduce 40% of greenhouse gas emissions, fully transitioning all electricity to carbon-free sources by 2030.
As a part of this vision, the acquisition of new ALC-42s will reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions compared to the legacy fleet they are replacing.
“The United States has the opportunity to make use of an unparalleled asset — our railway infrastructure — to support an expanded network of low-carbon, high-capacity intercity passenger rail that can reduce this country’s carbon emissions,” said Stephen Gardner, Amtrak CEO/president. “Creating a future where rail is operated on clean energy, Amtrak is stepping up to President Biden’s Climate Change Commitment and the FRA’s challenge as we aim to transition to carbon-free electricity to power our trains.”
Amtrak emits up to 83% fewer greenhouse gases per passenger compared to driving and up to 72% fewer than flying.
From 2010 to 2019, Amtrak reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 20%. Through initiatives like energy efficiency upgrades, Amtrak said it continues to reduce fuel and energy use year-over-year.