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Amtrak High Speed Rail Project Includes Northeast

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Amtrak would like to bring high speed rail to the northeast corridor.
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Amtrak would like to bring high speed rail to the northeast corridor.

Amtrak has a new partner in its attempt to bring high speed rail to the northeast corridor.

High-speed rail proponents are betting that two are better than one. Amtrak and the California High-Speed Rail Authority are teaming up to develop a fleet of high-speed trains that will service the east and west coasts. The two are hoping to buy around sixty trains in the next decade.  Through the collaboration, the systems are hoping to drive down manufacturing costs, which Joe Szabo of the Federal Railroad Administration says is a win for the U.S. economy.

“The potential of combining these orders between Amtrak and California High-Speed Rail Authority will make it easier and more attractive for high-speed rail manufacturers to build factories here in the USA, bringing more high quality jobs to American and creating ripple effects throughout our domestic supply chain,” said Szabo.

The two agencies have kicked off the first stage of the search with a formal Request for Information.  The actual bidding war could begin as early as September. It is still unknown when the two hundred plus mile per hour trains will start zipping between Washington and New York City.

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