AMTRAK & California High-Speed Rail Authority to Announce Joint Effort to Pursue New High-Speed Rail Train Sets

January 16, 2013 10:00 am · 19 comments

On Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 10am, Amtrak and the California High-Speed Rail Authority will hold a news conference at Washington Union Station to announce a joint effort to pursue next-generation high-speed rail train sets.

At the media event, Amtrak President and CEO Joe Boardman, Authority Chair Dan Richard and Authority CEO Jeff Morales will be joined by U.S. Deputy Transportation Secretary John Porcari. Amtrak and the Authority have been in discussions about how their respective programs can work together to advance high-speed rail in America.

Amtrak has previously announced its intention to issue in early 2013 a Request for Information (RFI) to begin the process to acquire new high-speed rail train sets that will expand seating capacity and provide for more frequent high-speed service on the Northeast Corridor. The Authority will join Amtrak in the RFI process as it seeks its own high-speed rail equipment.

{ 19 comments }

1 Don't Censor Me Bro January 16, 2013 at 10:07 AM

Your tax dollars at work!

2 Randome Task January 16, 2013 at 10:08 AM

well as long as they dont try to build a highspeed rail to LA we are good ………oh wait

3 Rich C. January 16, 2013 at 12:32 PM

Are they going to be ‘HO’ scale or ‘N’?

4 no handle January 16, 2013 at 12:35 PM

On a road , oops , on the rails to nowhere.

5 ArmyDad January 16, 2013 at 12:44 PM

Rich C, you took the words right from my fingers. That was my first thought too.

6 Intrigued January 16, 2013 at 12:48 PM

It will be no rails—to nowhere then. :-(

7 Screwy Louie January 16, 2013 at 12:48 PM

Bring it on!! High Speed Rail will keep California on the cutting edge of Transportation, Technology and Infrastructure. Linking the rapid transit systems of Northern and Southern Cal. is visionary and will build up everything in between.
Sorry, it’s a Big Picture thing. You guys @1 & @2 wouldn’t understand.
They need you over at the politics thread.

8 Intrigued January 16, 2013 at 12:58 PM

Once in many years–it would be different if this was proposed every other week and then done; that would be something.

9 Steve January 16, 2013 at 1:06 PM

@Screwy #7…

Given the overly-rosy projections of riders, the overly-rosy projections of federal grant funds, the overly-rosy schedules and the overly-rosy CEQA and EPA processes, I guarantee it’ll never be completed. Even the gov’t is its own worst enemy.

The gov’t is historically incapable of doing ANYTHING on time, within budget and within scope. See, they don’t hold themselves accountable – they just tax the people more.

10 PJ January 16, 2013 at 1:55 PM

I’m with #7. Bring it on! Big picture is right…. Maybe not in my lifetime; hopefully my children will benefit

11 Screwy Louie January 16, 2013 at 3:01 PM

Look, public transportation is a break even proposition, at best.
BART was a train to nowhere and over budget in the 70′s, and we pay taxes on it every day. We couldn’t live without it now & everyone knows the Bay Area traffic nightmare when BART’s down.
For High Speed Rail, the sum is far greater than any of the parts.

12 Charlie January 16, 2013 at 4:10 PM

We need unified transit first.

1. CalTrain must be electrified and go over or under every street crossing, no more level crossings. Reduce accidents & increase frequency/efficiency.
2. BART must meet CalTrain in SJ.
3. BART must circle the bay.
4. BART must go to Oakley from Concord line (NO e-BART))
5. BART must go to Livermore / Tracy on Dublin line and meet at San Joaquin Amtrak line.
6. BART must extend Richmond line along Amtrak line or UP line and stop at Rodeo where 4 & 80 meet.

13 anon January 16, 2013 at 5:42 PM

“High Speed” for Amtrak is “We can get you to Los Angeles from San Francisco in 2 days, assuming there are no delays, problems on the track, and that we wake up and give a rat’s ass about customer service.”

14 anon January 16, 2013 at 5:43 PM

#3 – My German built HO scale train set runs faster than Amtrak. It’s more reliable as well.

15 Chuckie the Troll January 16, 2013 at 10:30 PM

Are they talking about TOY train sets? Because thats about the only high speed anything that’s going to be built in California anytime soon.

16 Steve January 17, 2013 at 7:40 AM

You seem optimistic Steve.

17 Native January 17, 2013 at 8:02 AM

These trains come in sets? Can’t wait until Black Friday!

18 Randome Task January 17, 2013 at 8:54 AM

please just as connecting bart to pittsburgh turned out bad just take a stroll through the sunvalley mall ….a highspeed rail to LA and you ight as well start picking out what collor bandana you are going to wear ……red or blue because the recruitment will be in full force when they can run up here and rob and then blast back down to LA…..let alone the multiple trillions of dollars it will take to construct ……..our roads and police are all crumbling and yet hey lets waste a bunch of cash on a bunch of nothing ……..and political promises

19 Jeff January 17, 2013 at 9:31 AM

A high speed rail to nowhere….

Sounds kind of like our current administration.

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