The production of Amtrak's new Acela trains has created over 1,000 jobs and is boosting businesses across 27 states.
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Amtrak is claiming improved safety and enhanced passenger experience are the drivers for its record number of customers.
Steve Predmore will succeed Ken Hylander in the role of Executive Vice President and Chief Safety Officer for Amtrak in November 2019.
Expected to enter service from 2020, the new rolling stock will increase seating capacity and improve accessibility for disabled passengers.
Detective Eric Gunderson of the Washington State Patrol led the accident reconstruction phase of the Amtrak passenger train derailment near DuPont, Washington, United States in 2017. In this interview he explains how using laser scanners and drones played a huge part in the accident investigation process.
Offering passengers an approximate trip time of two hours and 35 minutes, the new direct service on Acela trains will be a strong rival to air travel.
Amtrak, US-based passenger railroad service, has refurbished the interiors for its Acela Express fleet thought to have cost in excess of $4 million in a bid to increase passenger satisfaction.
In February 2019 the Congress passed and the President signed into law the FY2019 Appropriations Act, which included critical funding for Amtrak and intercity passenger rail.
The new trainsets will replace Amtrak’s fleet of 470 Amfleet I and ex-Metroliner railcars, which are over 40 and 50 years of age respectively.
The Charger locomotive that has been ordered is lower-noise than the diesel engines it will replace, and offers a streamlined design with smoother traction control.
Amtrak is fitting their new fleet with modern Acela equipment, offering passengers contemporary accommodations and amenities.
Amtrak is working towards a smoother, more reliable service along the U.S. Northeast Corridor by investing in new equipment and station developments.