FOX: Amtrak on Wednesday announced a $7.3 billion investment in new trains and infrastructure, promising to “transform the future of rail travel” in the U.S.
A new fleet of 83 trains – some of which will be hybrid-battery powered – will be manufactured by Siemens Mobility Inc. in California, a subsidiary of German conglomerate Siemens AG.
“These new trains will reshape the future of rail travel by replacing our aging 40-to-50-year old fleet with state-of-the-art, American-made equipment,” Amtrak CEO Bill Flynn said in a statement. “This investment is essential to preserving and growing our Northeast Regional and state-supported services and will allow our customers to travel comfortably and safely, while deeply reducing criteria pollutants.”
The taxpayer-subsidized railroad company said its new models will have more comfortable seating, and will feature amenities like onboard Wi-Fi service, individual power outlets and USB ports, as well as touchless restroom controls. more here