News: Amtrak Shows Replacement Trains
Amtrak has produced 70 locomotives to replace their aging fleet. With new locomotives, Amtrak plans on decreasing costs while increasing the quality of service the customers receive. There is speculation that the creation of an updated fleet displays a financially stable Amtrak, which will increase their equity. With gas prices increasing, Amtrak recorded it’s highest ridership in the last 10 years. Amtrak plans to pay for this upgrade with the profit made in the Northeast Corridor alone instead of relying on government handouts like many other transportation companies have been doing since the recession starting in 2008. With this update cutting costs in the end, Amtrak plans on taking advantage of the profits they currently have and hopes to see revenue only rise within the next decade.
In addition to all of that business mumbo-jumbo, the new trains include crumple zones that will help absorb the force of head-on collisions, which makes them the first in North America to utilize this technology. These trains have been modeled after european styled electric trains and will replace locomotives that have been in service for more than 20 years.
Source: Associated Press