Hitachi Joins the US High Speed Rail Association

Hitachi Rail has joined the US High Speed Rail Association as a VIP Member.

Several rolling stock manufacturers and operators have joined the association under the Biden Administration, taking into account the new government’s pro-rail stance. President Biden said he would “spark the second great railroad revolution” in the country.

Andy Kunz, President, USHSR, said:

“We're proud to welcome Hitachi to USHSR as a Global VIP Member.

“Hitachi has long supported the mission of bringing HSR to America after decades of success in Japan, Italy, and numerous other nations. Hitachi has been at the forefront of high speed rail development and technology advancement around the world for decades.”

The rolling stock manufacturer has a lot of expertise in the high-speed market segment. It has delivered high-speed rail systems in Japan, Italy and France, such as the Shinkansen trains. Hitachi Rail commissioned the first high-speed rail signalling system in France – between Paris and Lyon in 1981 – and the first high-speed line running on ERTMS Level 2 – between Rome and Naples.

Jason White, Executive Officer – Americas, Hitachi Rail, said:

“Development in high speed rail brings extraordinary market opportunity for the US economy in terms of direct and indirect jobs, as well as long-term material upgrades to aging infrastructure. We see investments as putting the nation on better competitive footing in the global marketplace while also addressing climate change. Decarbonizing transportation will be a major driver for business in the next 20–30 years.”

In the United States, Hitachi Rail has railcar assembly plants on both the east and west coasts. Hitachi Rail says it will add a further assembly plant in the National Capital region where it will build the 8000-series metro cars ordered by the Washington Area Transit Authority.

The US High Speed Rail Association has the goal of building widespread support for major investment in a national high-speed rail network among the public, businesses and in political circles. It was founded in 2009.

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