THE board of Amtrak is believed to have selected Alstom to negotiate a contract to supply a fleet of high-speed trains as part of Amtrak's $US 2.5bn project to upgrade the Northeast Corridor linking Boston, New York and Washington DC.
MARYLAND Transit Administration (MTA) has decided to phase out its fleet of four AEM7 and six HHP8 electric locomotives used on Marc commuter services on the Northeast Corridor (NEC) and replace them with eight new 200km/h Siemens Charger diesel locomotives.
Desired by operators but often derided by passengers, onboard Wi-Fi is proving a difficult service to master. As demand for data continues to soar and places even greater strain on networks, Kevin Smith assesses what's next for train operators as they look to improve the reliability and availability of their train wireless internet offerings.
With funding always in doubt from one year to the next, US national inter-city rail operator Amtrak has been carried on the political wind for most of its 43 year existence. But with traffic rising dramatically and the age of its assets really beginning to show, calls for a more sustainable long-term method of funding capital investment are growing louder, as Keith Barrow explains.
AMTRAK President Mr Joe Boardman, Federal Railroad Administrator Mr Joseph Szabo and Siemens Rail Systems USA president Mr Michael Cahill visited the Transportation Technology Center (TTCI) at Pueblo on July 29 to see the ACS-64 Cities Sprinter electric locomotive being put through its paces.