Biden to make Amtrak announcement on Friday

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Vice President Joe Biden speaks to a crowd during a visit to St. Paul, Minn., in February. Biden is expected to make a major announcement Friday regarding Amtrak investments.
Steve Glischinski
WASHINGTON — Vice President Joe Biden is expected to make an announcement Friday regarding future investments in the Northeast Corridor. In a news release forwarded to Trains News Wire, Biden will meet with media at the Wilmington, Del., passenger station midday Friday.

Observers speculate that the announcement will confirm details of a contract between Amtrak and railroad supplier Alstom to produce next generation high speed trainsets for the Northeast Corridor. U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., has been announcing updates on an Amtrak-Alstom deal since Sept. 2015, but both the supplier and the railroad have declined to talk about the prospects and refused to confirm Schumer's news releases.

France-based Alstom makes high speed passenger trainsets for Europe as well as commuter and light-rail trains. It has a major U.S. manufacturing plant for the rail industry in Hornell, N.Y., on the site of former Erie Railroad shops.

Trains News Wire will have a correspondent at Friday's event.

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