Amtrak unveils new Airo trains to replace old rolling stock

Amtrak on Thursday released details of its new Airo trains, which will begin service 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 airline’s 50-year-old rolling stock, according to The Washington Post.

“As we invest in the future, Amtrak is leading 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, the “future” of Amtrak will include picture windows, speeds of up to 125 miles per hour, self-serve dining options, wayfinding using a color-coded system, increased comfort with roomy seats, improved lighting, upgraded technology, and a greener impact.

The new Airo trains will begin operating in the United States in 2026.
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Airo train rendering
The new locomotives will run at speeds of up to 200 km/h.
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The new trains are more economical in terms of fuel consumption and produce 90% fewer particulate matter emissions in diesel operation.

The new trains are part of a “larger transformation” that Amtrak says will “revolutionize” its experience, including new Acela trains, major infrastructure projects, service expansions, station upgrades, modernization efforts and improved route capacity along the Northeast Corridor.

Airo train rendering
The Airo trains will serve routes such as the Northeast Regional and Keystone Service.
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A portion of Amtrak’s Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) funding will support procurement of Airo trains, which will be manufactured by Siemens in California.

“Americans deserve modern, safe, and reliable rail passenger service, and the introduction of all-new rail vehicles is an important step in improving the everyday experience of commuters and travelers who depend on Amtrak,” said Amit Bose, administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration.

“This year, FRA has committed 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 intercity passenger transportation even more efficient, convenient, and… more accessible means of travel for Americans,” he added.

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