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Amtrak issues RFI for zero-emissions technology


Amtrak has issued a request for information (RFI) seeking options to help upgrade the railroad's passenger fleet with zero-emissions technology.

The move marks progress toward the company’s long-range goal of eliminating emissions used to power trains, Amtrak officials said in a news release. The company aims to achieve net-zero emissions by 2045.

"Finding the cleanest technologies to carry customers across our vast network will be transformative as we deliver a new era of rail," said Amtrak President Roger Harris."We are excited to take this important step toward providing safe and reliable service with a smaller impact on the environment."

Much of Amtrak’s passenger fleet is powered by zero-emission equipment, including 108 electric Northeast Regional and Acela locomotives. Electric-powered locomotives produce no emissions when powered by carbon-free electricity.

The results of the RFI will help form future decisions to procure the most energy efficient and environmentally friendly fleet for deployment across the railroad's network, Amtrak officials said.



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