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.