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AMTRAK ANNOUNCES SIEMENS AS PREFERRED BIDDER FOR NEW EQUIPMENT

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New Fleet will Improve Safety and Enhance Customer Experience

WASHINGTON – After a competitive procurement launched in January of 2019, Amtrak has identified California-based Siemens Mobility Inc. (Siemens) as the preferred bidder to manufacture a new fleet of 83 Intercity Trainsets (ICTs), which will provide dual power in many instances and modern rail amenities to better serve all Amtrak customers. The ICTs will operate on the Northeast Corridor, Palmetto and various state-supported routes and will replace the current Amfleet I, Metroliner cab and Cascades service fleets. Accompanying the contract to manufacture the trainsets will be a long-term service agreement for technical support, spares and material supply.

“This new state-of-the-art equipment will not only provide Amtrak customers with an enjoyable and efficient travel experience, it will also enable us to improve safety, increase passenger capacity and reduce carbon emissions,” said Amtrak CEO Bill Flynn.

Amtrak has targeted summer 2021 for contract execution and notice to proceed and will spend the time between now and then continuing negotiations with Siemens for this generational procurement.

https://media.amtrak.com/2021/04/amtrak-announces-siemens-as-preferred-bidder-for-new-equipment/

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Sounds like MUs are on the menu?

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10 hours ago, bobtehpanda said:

I honestly hope so.

Of course, accessibility will still be an issue unless stations are upgraded to high-level platforms (that half-assed high-level segment bullshit you sometimes see is a slap in the face to everyone irrespective of mobility because it's a failure to commit to one standard).

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On 4/24/2021 at 3:26 PM, bobtehpanda said:

It would be interesting if they were. I seem to be under the impression that they will be push-pull sets reminiscent of what VIA Rail will be getting, only with dual-power engines. I was hoping for dual power for the Avelia trains, but then they might not be capable of 185 mph service if they have to carry a heavy diesel engine around. But I'll definitely be fine with these electro-diesel trains. It will be great to not have to do engine changes in New Haven, Philadelphia or DC. I'm glad they're also considering putting them on the Palmetto and other services outside the NEC. They'll cut off some time on many of the Midwest Service trains, because they won't have to back into Union Station in Chicago. 

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3 hours ago, T to Dyre Avenue said:

It would be interesting if they were. I seem to be under the impression that they will be push-pull sets reminiscent of what VIA Rail will be getting, only with dual-power engines. I was hoping for dual power for the Avelia trains, but then they might not be capable of 185 mph service if they have to carry a heavy diesel engine around. But I'll definitely be fine with these electro-diesel trains. It will be great to not have to do engine changes in New Haven, Philadelphia or DC. I'm glad they're also considering putting them on the Palmetto and other services outside the NEC. They'll cut off some time on many of the Midwest Service trains, because they won't have to back into Union Station in Chicago. 

The wording of the press release is strange; the mention that the units will be powered seems to be contrasting with the current Siemens trainsets.

Amtrak already runs Siemens Venture sets (what VIA is getting) in California, the Northwest and the Midwest. I feel like if they were getting Siemens Venture sets they would've just said that outright?

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