Amtrak in Pursuit of New Equipment

June 27, 2018

Proven equipment wanted to operate on routes east of the Mississippi

WASHINGTON – In a continued effort to modernize equipment and improve the experience for our customers, Amtrak is going to the marketplace to explore the availability of rail vehicles to eventually replace the current Amfleet I equipment.  This equipment includes single-level passenger cars used primarily on routes east of the Mississippi River such as the Northeast Regional, Keystone, Carolinian and Illinois Service Trains.

In a Request for Information (RFI) posted today, Amtrak is seeking information on all types of rail vehicles including coach cars, trainsets and self-propelled units that could replace the Amfleet I equipment. Based on a thorough examination and review of what vehicle manufacturers have to offer, Amtrak plans to develop and release a Request for Proposal for specific replacement vehicles in 2019.

“New equipment will provide our customers with a more modern experience, while improving ride quality and reliability,” said Amtrak Vice President of Corporate Planning, Byron Comati.

Although the Amfleet I fleet has recently undergone a refresh program that has replaced many interior elements of the vehicles, including seats, carpets and lighting features, the cars are about 40 years old and are at the point where replacement is more cost-effective than maintenance.

This order is part of Amtrak’s plan to refresh and replace its fleet. Earlier this month, Amtrak issued an RFP for new or rebuilt locomotives to supplement and replace its aging National Network diesel locomotive fleet. In 2021, the first of 28 new Acela Express trainsets will start serving customers on the Northeast Corridor.

Amtrak is working aggressively to make immediate changes to the customer experience with improvements including refreshed trains, new fare structures, improved on-time performance, enhanced Wi-Fi connectivity, upgraded facilities and expanded onboard experience options.

Additionally, ongoing improvements at New York Penn Station and the new Moynihan Train Hall; and further development of stations in Chicago, Washington, D.C., Baltimore and Philadelphia will further enhance the customer experience.

A link to the RFI can be found here. See DOC736441.

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Christina Leeds

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