by Tiana May
07 Oct 2023
The Los Angeles – San Diego – San Luis Obispo (LOSSAN) Rail Corridor Agency has announced that Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner Rail Service in Southern California is now powered by renewable diesel.
This fuel is chemically similar to fossil diesel but is made from renewable raw materials such as used cooking oil, rather than crude oil.
As a result, renewable diesel significantly reduces greenhouse gas emissions by an estimated 63% throughout its lifecycle.
“The adoption of renewable diesel for our Pacific Surfliner service is an important milestone in our ongoing commitment to environmental preservation and the fight against climate change. We take immense pride in joining forces with Amtrak, state and federal agencies, rail equipment manufacturers, and fuel distributors who share our commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and promoting sustainability.”
The switch to renewable diesel to power the Pacific Surfliner fleet is result of a collaboration with partners such as the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), Amtrak, the Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority and the San Joaquin Joint Powers Authority.
Prior to this announcement, the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner was already a sustainable transport choice, as train travel is 46% more energy efficient than travelling by car.
In additon, the Pacific Surfliner operates with diesel-electric Charger locomotives and was the first passenger locomotive to receive the stringent Tier IV emissions certification from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
In coordination with NJ TRANSIT, Amtrak has begun the procurement process for the Sawtooth Bridges Replacement Project.
The FRA has awarded nearly 10 billion USD to Amtrak for the modernisation of critical infrastructure on the Northeast Corridor (NEC).
Amtrak has signed a service development agreement for the return of intercity passenger rail services between Baton Rouge and New Orleans.
The Amtrak Office of Inspector General has reported that the New Acela programme will likely face future delays due to design issues.
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has awarded 1.4 billion USD in funding to 70 rail projects across the US.
Amtrak has awarded a contract to the Clark Construction/Stacy and Witbeck JV for the delivery of the Frederick Douglass Tunnel Program.
Amtrak has exercised a contract option to order an additional 10 Airo trainsets to help meet increased demand for passenger rail travel.
Texas Central and Amtrak are exploring opportunities to advance planning and analysis for the Dallas-Houston high-speed rail project.
The Governor of Illinois has presented the Chicago Hub Improvement Program, proposing a 1.1 bn USD investment in regional rail infrastructure.
Amtrak has announced plans to complete track infrastructure improvements on the Northeast Corridor to increase the reliability of its trains.
Amtrak has released its annual Sustainability Report detailing the ways it has reduced diesel usage and air emissions.
Amtrak has submitted applications for FRA funding to advance Northeast Corridor projects and improve reliability on its long-distance network.
Minnesota legislature has approved 195 million USD in funding for the Northern Light Express (NLX) passenger rail project.
Amtrak has announced plans to renovate its maintenance facilities in Seattle, Boston, New York City and Washington, DC.
Early construction activities are now underway on Amtrak's B&P Tunnel Replacement Program, which commenced in March 2023.
The FRA has concluded a series of meetings with stakeholders on its Amtrak Daily Long-Distance Service study.
Amtrak has commenced the procurement phase for the construction of the New York East River Tunnel Rehabilitation project.
Amtrak and PNRRA have released findings from a two-year study examining the potential to operate rail services between Scranton and New York.
Amtrak has announced plans to double capacity at its second-largest station, Washington Union Station, by 2026.
Amtrak and the Southern Rail Commission are applying for funding to study a new rail service between New York City, Georgia and Texas.
On 10 March, Amtrak is set to begin early construction work as part of the B&P Tunnel Replacement Program in Maryland.
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Amtrak was joined by President Biden, the US DoT and Maryland officials to execute the Project Kickoff for the B&P Tunnel Replacement.
Amtrak has received submissions from 10 manufacturers regarding replacement railcars for its overnight routes.
The US DOT has announced nearly 9 billion USD in funding to upgrade and expand passenger rail services along the Northeast Corridor (NEC).
Amtrak has unveiled renders of its newest train, the Amtrak Airo. The new trains will begin operating across Amtrak routes in 2026.
Groundbreaking for the Metro-North Penn Station Access project was celebrated at a special ceremony on 9 December.
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation has applied to the US Federal Railroad Administration for $108m of funding.
Amtrak is advancing a major infrastructure project to replace the 116-year-old Susquehanna River Rail Bridge in Havre de Grace Maryland.
The FRA has published a list of priority projects to advance the development of the Northeast Corridor (NEC).
Pennsylvania is investing 3.7 million USD to enable Amtrak passenger rail services to run between Scranton and New York City.
Amtrak has announced that in early 2023, it will enter the procurement phase for the construction of a new Connecticut River Bridge.
Metra has awarded a 14.5 million USD contract to IHC Construction to renovate Homewood Station in Chicago.
Amtrak has announced a pledge to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions across its entire network by 2045.
Amtrak has announced it will be making the entrance to New York Penn Station at 7th Avenue and 32nd Street more accessible.
Construction has started on the new Portal North Bridge, which will improve service, reliability and capacity along the Northeast Corridor.
Amtrak has contracted Arup to produce the preliminary designs for the upcoming expansion of New York Penn Station.
Amtrak has taken up the option to order a further 50 Charger locomotives from Siemens Mobility as it continues to replace its fleet.
Amtrak has launched the procurement phase for the first of three major construction contracts for the B&P Tunnel Replacement Programme.
Infrastructure improvements made by Amtrak have raised the speed trains can travel in parts of New Jersey.
Amtrak has committed approximately 130m USD to carry out infrastructure improvements between Washington DC and New York.
The FRA has established a new Corridor Identification and Development (ID) Program to transform the nation's passenger rail network.
The first locomotive to carry Amtrak’s new livery is making its inaugural journey across America, travelling from California from Delaware.
See pictures of the new Amtrak Acela interiors. The trains are being manufactured by Alstom in Hornell and Rochester, New York.
US Congress has passed a $1.5 trillion government funding bill that will provide increased resources to the Federal Railroad Administration.
Amtrak has recognised the Class 1 railroad Canadian Pacific as the best host railroad of 2021, keeping Amtrak passenger services on time.
Improvements to the Twin Cities, La Cross, Milwaukee and Chicago rail corridor have been given the green light thanks to a new federal grant.
A STB hearing has begun into whether Amtrak can operate a passenger rail service between Mobile and New Orleans along America’s Gulf Coast.
Amtrak and Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) have signed an agreement to support each other’s expansion plans in North America.
Amtrak has announced that CEO Bill Flynn is retiring. Stephen Gardner will consequently be appointed as the company’s President and CEO.
Siemens Mobility has signed a contract with Amtrak to manufacture a fleet of up to 83 multi-powered modern trains.
Amtrak CEO Bill Flynn has told a Congressional Committee that America needs high-speed rail links as part of its railway infrastructure.
Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg has announced 1.69 billion USD in relief funding for Amtrak in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Following increased demand and with the help of Congressional funding, Amtrak will restore daily services to 12 long-distance services.
Amtrak Midwest has been testing the new Siemens Mobility Venture railcars, which are being manufactured in Sacramento, California.
Amtrak's CEO has written to Congress outlining the passenger railroad's five key demands to recover from COVID and expand services.
Amtrak will operate the Metrolink services in Southern California from 1 January 2021 to 30 June 2025, having beaten four competing bids.
Amtrak, SEPTA and PennDOT have received 15.9m USD in grant funding from the FRA to upgrade signalling equipment on the Harrisburg Line.
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Amtrak has now completed the installation of positive train control (PTC) across its entire 898 miles of track it owns.
Amtrak has revealed renderings of the new ALC-42 Siemens Charger diesel-electric locomotives that fulfil Tier 4 emissions standards.
Amtrak passengers are benefiting from an improved booking experience as a result of significant improvements in the company mobile app.
Amtrak has announced the launch of its new Acela Nonstop service between Washington Union Station (WAS) and New York Penn Station (NYP).
The US Supreme Court has ruled against the AAR in a legal dispute with the DOT about Amtrak's regulatory power over its industry.
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