Excerpting from a report on a recent Amtrak Employee Town Hall Meeting hosted by Anderson:
Replacing Amfleets and P42s:
“These are two big programs for us. We want to get an RFP completed and contracts awarded this year. There is no reason why we can’t. In large measure, our Amfleets and P42s can be replaced by more modern, lightweight, environmentally sensitive, ADA-compliant equipment that will give us a completely different product. DMU trainsets in Fort Worth, Texas, and Santa Rosa, California, are the modern way of train travel. If we want to appeal to a millennial generation in high-density urban markets, we need the same kind of modern, unit trains we see operating in Europe and Asia. Making these investments now will benefit
the next generation of Amtrak.”
Other parts of the report has him talking about Amtrak being effectively debt free this year, thus allowing it to take on financing for new equipment. He stated that all capital investment will be consistent with meeting Amtrak's statutory requirements. I read that to mean that LD service is here to stay.
A fleet replacement order for Amfleet Is and P42s would indeed be welcome news.