Alstom Latest Member to Join US High Speed Rail Association

Alstom is the latest rail company to join the US High Speed Rail Association.

By joining the association, Alstom is signalling its support for high-speed rail in America. The hope is that the incoming Biden administration will be good for the US rail sector as the president-elect is an avid Amtrak user and has spoken positively about the railways many times, saying he would make it the “cleanest, safest, and fastest rail system in the world”.

The US High Speed Rail Association and rail industry suppliers wish to capitalise on this momentum to push ahead with their high-speed rail agenda. Biden intends to make federal funds available for a “second great railroad revolution”. This effort to build up a new high-speed rail network is part of a bigger job stimulus plan.

Andy Kunz, President, USHSR, said:

“We're proud to welcome Alstom to USHSR now as a Global VIP Member. Alstom has long supported the mission of bringing HSR to America after decades of success in France and numerous other nations. Alstom has worked continuously for many years advancing high speed rail technologies - making trains ever faster, lighter, more energy efficient, safe and comfortable. We welcome Alstom’s expertise and participation in the US high speed rail market, especially now that it’s about to really take off under the new Biden administration.”

In the high-speed and very high-speed rail market, Alstom offers its Avelia platform, which comprises the Avelia Pendolino, the Avelia Euroduplex, the Avelia Liberty and the Avelia AGV.

Amtrak has ordered 28 Avelia Liberty trains from Alstom. It will use them on its Acela Express service on the Northeast Corridor. The first two of these are currently undergoing testing, while the remaining ones are still being manufactured.

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