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CAF kicks off Amtrak fleet renewal program – RailwayAge Magazine

Amtrak’s long-awaited fleet renewal program finally got under way late Friday, July 24, when the railroad awarded a five-year, $298.1 million contract to CAF USA for 130 new single-level “Viewliner 2” passenger railcars to support long-distance train services. The order, the first for passenger cars since the Acela Express program of the mid-1990s, includes 25 sleeping cars, 25 diners, 55 baggage cars, and 25 baggage/crew dormitory cars. The first car is scheduled to roll out of CAF USA’s Elmira Heights, N.Y., assembly plant in October 2012.

via CAF kicks off Amtrak fleet renewal program – RailwayAge Magazine.

Filed under: Amtrak

NJ TRANSIT GOES ALONE: 2 sets of rail tunnels faulted | APP.com | Asbury Park Press

This is big stuff for Amtrak, which would share the tunnels with NJT under proposals offered by some rail advocates. This is a complex and expensive project and billions of federal dollars are involved.

via NJ TRANSIT GOES ALONE: 2 sets of rail tunnels faulted | APP.com | Asbury Park Press.

Filed under: Amtrak, Passenger Rail Transportatio Policy, Regional USA Passenger Rail

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