Amtrak on Thursday released details of its new Airo trains, which will operate on routes across the country starting in 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 will reportedly replace the carrier’s 50-year-old rolling stock, The Washington Post reports.
“As we invest in the future, Amtrak is leading the way in 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, advanced design and world-class amenities.”
According to the company, Amtrak’s “future” will include panoramic windows, speeds up to 125 mph, self-serve meal options, color-coded travel, enhanced comfort with spacious seats, enhanced lighting, and improved technology. and greener impact.
The new trains are more fuel efficient and produce 90% less particulate emissions when running on diesel.
The new trains are part of a “larger transformation,” according to Amtrak, to “revolutionize” its experience, including new Acela trains, major infrastructure projects, service expansion, station upgrades, modernization efforts and 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 in California by Siemens.
“Americans deserve modern, safe, reliable passenger rail service, and the introduction of brand new railcars is a big step toward improving the daily experience for passengers and travelers who depend on Amtrak,” said Federal Railroad Administrator Amit Bose.
“This year, FRA provided nearly $4.3 billion in annual funding to support these improvements, and with President Biden’s historic investment in Amtrak, we are poised to make long-distance passenger rail a more efficient, convenient and affordable way to travel for Americans.” he added.