Amtrak begins process of replacing oldest Amfleet cars

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Amtrak has begun the formal process of replacing its oldest Amfleet equipment, used on trains like the Illinois Zephyr, shown here in Western Springs, Ill.
TRAINS: David Lassen

WASHINGTON — Amtrak has begun the process of seeking new equipment to replace its Amfleet I passenger cars, posting a Request for Information today to explore options to replace the single-level cars built between 1975 and 1977.

The request is seeking information on cars, trainsets and self-propelled equipment to replace the Amfleet equipment, used primarily on routes east of the Mississippi River, such as the Northeast Regional, Keystone, Carolinian and Illinois Service trains. Based on the resulting information, Amtrak plans to release a Request for Proposal for specific replacement equipment in 2019.

“New equipment will provide our customers with a more modern experience, while improving ride quality and reliability,” Amtrak Vice President of Corporate Planning Byron Comati said in a press release.

It is Amtrak’s second move this month to address its aging equipment fleet, following an earlier request for proposals for locomotives. [See “Amtrak asks for proposals to rebuild or replace as many as 75 locomotives,” Trains News Wire, June 1, 2018.]

The full Request for Information is available on Amtrak’s website.

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