A new era of more reliable and energy efficient Amtrak service for Northeast intercity rail passengers is coming down the tracks as the first of 70 advanced technology electric locomotives being built by Siemens begin rolling off the assembly line today. The first units of the $466 million order will be field tested this summer for entry into revenue service in the fall.
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Amtrak is showcasing its past, present and future in a traveling Exhibit Train that will make various stops around the country. The refreshed and updated Exhibit Train follows the popular 40th anniversary version that celebrated Amtrak’s history with a tour in 2011 – 2012.
The Chuggington Kids Depot with train-themed kids’ activities based on the popular children’s animated television series on Disney Junior.
Amtrak is an energy-efficient mode of transportation, and America’s Railroad® is taking the opportunity during Earth Month to highlight practices and tactics for improved fuel and energy conservation.
The success of the Northeast Corridor (NEC) has used up much of the legacy capacity of the existing railroad and depleted its infrastructure assets leading to a “major coming investment crisis that, without a solution, will mean strangled growth and deteriorating service” for 260 million intercity and commuter rail passengers who rely on it each year, Amtrak President and CEO Joe Boardman told a Congressional committee today.
Amtrak Auto Train now offers a new upgrade option for passengers who want to speed up their journey. Passengers can purchase an upgrade to Priority Vehicle Offloading and their vehicle will be one of the first 20 offloaded from the train.
In addition, October, December, and January each set individual monthly records.
Earth Month activities at Washington Union Station will feature daily event offerings to include exhibits and activities such as an alternative energy show, a youth art contest and the NASA Earth Tent.
The Amtrak Texas Eagle will serve the city of Hope, Ark., starting April 4. Tickets are available to serve the Hempstead County seat, a Southwestern Arkansas community of more than 10,000 that is also the location of former President Bill Clinton’s birthplace, now an historic site under the National Park Service.
Amtrak is pleased to have reached an agreement with our partners in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to preserve the Pennsylvanian, servicing communities between Pittsburgh, Harrisburg and Philadelphia with connections to New York.