SIEMENS Mobility has been awarded US$3.4bn in contracts from Amtrak in the United States to design, manufacture and technically support 73 multi-powered trains for the National Railroad Passenger Corporation.
There is also a possibility for up to 140 additional trains and further maintenance agreements.
The order is Amtrak’s latest effort to acquire the most sustainable and efficient trains on the market, which include dual powered and hybrid battery vehicles.
The trains will operate across the Northeast Corridor and across various state-supported routes, including operations in Maine, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington.
With expanded capacity and the ability to shorten trip time, Amtrak expects the new trains will add over 1.5 million riders annually.