The Next Generation of High-Speed Rail Arrives

At a Glance

  • Client(s)
  • National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak)
  • Project Location(s)
  • Boston, Washington DC
LTK-designed railcarHelping Amtrak get on the fast track. 

Today, many of the hourly Acela Express trainsets between Washington DC and Boston sell out, indicative of a market poised for growth. Increased demand in the corridor led to Amtrak’s decision to procure a fleet of Next Generation high-speed trainsets.

LTK has provided technical and program management, working with Amtrak throughout the trainset procurement by conducting an International Marketplace High-Speed Rail Survey, specification development, pre- and post-award Buy America audits, design review and other program support. Additionally, LTK is helping design new maintenance facilities to support the trainsets, and is helping reconfigure the Washington Terminal Yard to accommodate the new trains. Because the new high-speed trainsets will use the same tracks as conventional trains, LTK and Amtrak are working with the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) to conduct a risk assessment and plan to offset the identified risks.

Alstom was selected as the carbuilder in August 2016 and trainset design activities have begun. Amtrak is ordering 28 trainsets designed to provide half-hourly service. Each trainset will have 30% more seats than the existing Acelas and will offer safer, faster, more efficient service.


LTK Capabilities Used on This Project