We’re still waiting to see how high-speed rail plans play out in the U.S., but Amtrak is making a move to update its ordinary fleet to a greener standard. The U.S. Department of Transportation just announced that it will give Amtrak a $562 million loan to invest in new electric trains to bring its fleet up to date in the Northeastern part of the U.S. Amtrak has placed a massive order for 70 electric Sprinter ACS-64 locomotives with supplier Siemens, which will require the manufacturer to add 250 manufacturing jobs just to complete the request.
The 70 Amtrak Cities Sprinter ACS-64 locomotives, which are now in the final design phase, will replace existing trains that have been in service for 20-30 years with an average of 3.5 million miles traveled. The electric Sprinter trains are expected to travel up to 125 miles per hour on the Northeast Corridor from Washington, D.C. to Boston and up to 110 mph on the Keystone Corridor from Philadelphia to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. What do you think of this move toward greener but not high-speed trains? Let us know in comments.