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Amtrak considers replacing Amfleet I equipment

First introduced in 1975, the more than 450 Amfleet coach and cafe cars – recognized by their rounded, tubular stainless steel bodies and aerodynamic fluting – are used primarily on routes east of the Mississippi River such as the Northeast Regional, Carolinian and Illinois Service trains.
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Amtrak yesterday issued a request for information (RFI) for coach cars, trainsets and self-propelled units that could replace its current Amfleet I equipment.

The equipment includes single-level passenger cars used primarily on routes east of the Mississippi River, Amtrak officials said in a press release.

Based on a review of what manufacturers have to offer, Amtrak plans to release a request for proposals for specific replacement vehicles in 2019.

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

Although the Amfleet I fleet has recently undergone a refresh program, the cars are about 40 years old and at a point where replacement is more cost effective than maintenance, Amtrak officials said. The refresh program replaced many of the vehicles' seats, carpets and lighting fixtures.

The RFI is part of Amtrak's plan to refresh and replace its fleet. Earlier this month, Amtrak issued an RFP for new or rebuilt locomotives to supplement and replace its aging national network diesel locomotive fleet. In 2021, the first of 28 new Acela Express trainsets will begin serving riders on the Northeast Corridor.

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