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Amtrak has issued two requests for qualifications (RFQs) for upcoming projects that will develop new and upgraded maintenance facilities in Boston, New York City, Seattle and Washington, D.C.
Funded by the federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, the facilities upgrade program will prepare more than 20 sites around the country for new trainsets scheduled to enter service in the coming years, Amtrak officials said in a press release.
"These new facilities and modifications at existing rail yards will help modernize our maintenance practices and ensure a seamless transition from Amtrak’s aging fleet to modern, state-of-the-art equipment," said Laura Mason, Amtrak’s executive vice president of capital delivery.
Two RFQs are now active — one for Seattle and another for the three Northeast Corridor sites in Southampton Yard in Boston, Sunnyside Yard in New York City and Ivy City Yard in Washington, D.C.
The facility upgrades will help improve service reliability, enable more efficient maintenance practices and support projected ridership growth. With new Acela trainsets coming soon, Amtrak Airo trainsets being built and the process to replace decades-old rail cars on Amtrak’s long-distance service now underway, the improvements will benefit Amtrak’s existing and future fleet.
A separate request for proposals that recently called for bids for a Philadelphia site and procurement information for the sixth location — Rensselaer, New York — will be announced at a future date, Amtrak officials said.