At least this will keep the interiors fresh until the Acela IIs show up in about three years. But this opens up the age old question, whats going to happen to the first gen Acelas in about three years. Do you redo interiors only to mothball them in three to four years time.?
The article already answers this.
All trainsets in the current fleet will be retired in early 2022.
So Amtrak is spending $4 million for something that will only last 3-4 years? Seems like a poor use of funds to me.
Aren't the current interiors the ones that came with the Acelas?
The current ones are original (though they might have done some minor touch ups here and there).
As to it being a poor use of funds: If the car interiors are really becoming rundown or dated and seem unbecoming of a "flagship service," I would say a total overhaul and refurbishment is justifiable, even if it'll only be relevant for the next few years. I would say this was long overdue, but was most likely prohibited by poor funding and oversight. So while it might have been more worth it to do it years ago, you can't change the past, and doing so at this point is still better than not doing it at all.
Not so. The Acela interiors have been upgraded at least once, including changing the seats from the original cloth to leather.