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FRA approves Amtrak permit to move new Acela train to Colorado

The image is from a video Amtrak released yesterday of the new Acela train being moved on track at the Alstom plant in Hornell, New York.
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The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has signed off on Amtrak's permit application for a one-time movement of its next-generation high-speed train from the Alstom production plant in Hornell, New York, to the FRA's test track in Colorado, U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) announced yesterday.

Earlier this month, Schumer called on the FRA to fast-track Amtrak's permit application so that the train can be moved to the Pueblo, Colorado, facility, where the train will be inspected and tested for safety.

In a statement issued yesterday, Schumer praised the FRA for quickly approving the permit.

"These new trains, once fully produced, will be a true-win-win that will improve rail service," he said.

In 2016, Amtrak's board finalized negotiations with Alstom to provide new, next-generation high-speed trains for Amtrak's Acela service. In order for the project to stay on schedule, and production of the remainder of the fleet to begin, critical testing must occur on the just-constructed train at the test track in Pueblo, Colorado.

Meanwhile, Amtrak yesterday unveiled a new video of the first train, which Amtrak officials said will be moving to the test track in Pueblo in mid-February. The train is the first of 28 trainsets that are being produced at the Alstom plant and will be tested in Pueblo.

Amtrak's new Acela fleet is set to enter service in 2021. The video of the first train can be viewed by clicking on this link.