Amtrak released details of its new Airo trainswhich will operate on routes across the country from 2026.
Routes include Amtrak Northeast Regional, Empire Service, Virginia Services, Keystone Service, Downeaster, Cascades, Maple Leaf, New Haven/Springfield Service, Palmetto, Carolinian, Pennsylvanian, Vermonter, Ethan Allen Express and Adirondack.
The trains should replace the 50 year old rolling stock of the transporteraccording to the Washington Post.
“As we invest in the future, Amtrak is leading the way with a new era of rail,” Amtrak President Roger Harris said in a statement. “Our new trains will transform the Amtrak experience with significant environmental benefits, progressive design and world-class amenities.”
According to the company, the “future” of Amtrak will include panoramic windows, speeds of up to 125 miles per hour, self-service dining options, wayfinding with a color-coded system, increased comfort with spacious seats, improved lighting, improved technology and a greener impact.
The new trains are more fuel efficient and produce 90% less particulate emissions in diesel operations.
The new trains are part of a “wider transformation,” Amtrak says, will “revolutionize” its experience, including new Acela trains, major infrastructure projects, service expansion, station upgrades, modernization efforts and improved track capacity along the Northeast Corridor.
A portion of Amtrak’s Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) funding will support the purchase of Airo trains, which will be manufactured by Siemens in California.
“Americans deserve modern, safe and reliable passenger rail service, and the introduction of new cars is a major step toward improving the daily experience for commuters and travelers who rely on Amtrak,” said Amit Bose. , administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration.
“This year, FRA provided almost $4.3 billion in annual funding to support these improvements, and with President Biden’s historic investments in Amtrakwe are poised to make intercity passenger rail an even more efficient, convenient and accessible mode of transportation for Americans,” he added.