Rolling West: Pennsylvania’s Keystone Service Welcomes the Siemens-built Amtrak Cities Sprinter

Monday, October 20, 2014 2:05 pm EDT

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Michael Cahill, Head of Siemens Urban Transport business in the U.S.

This morning, commuters from Philadelphia to Harrisburg were the first to ride on a Keystone Service train powered by the Siemens-built Amtrak Cities Sprinter (ACS-64) locomotive. From Harrisburg to New York, the ACS-64 locomotives will bring new, state-of-the-art equipment and technology to the line.

Since 2006, ridership on the Keystone Service has grown to more than one million passengers per year, up 60 percent, and we couldn’t be prouder that our ACS-64 workhorse locomotives are being introduced to further improve ridership.

Earlier this year, Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx helped kick-off the ACS-64 going into service along the heavily-traveled Northeast Corridor. As the 70 locomotives continue to be built at our solar-powered, Siemens’ manufacturing hub in Sacramento, and make their way to the East Coast, they will replace older equipment with between 25 and 35 years of service and average of more than 3.5 million miles traveled along both the NEC and Keystone Corridor lines.

As part of the commitment to being “Made In America,” the energy-efficient locomotives are manufactured using parts from more than 60 suppliers representing more than 50 cities and 20 states, creating a country-wide economic impact, including in Pennsylvania.

By connecting Central Pennsylvania with the Northeast Corridor, commuters will benefit from improved reliability and enhanced mobility, fueling economic growth for the area. We’re pleased to serve as a technology partner for the nation’s passenger rail operator, helping Amtrak connect cities and communities across the U.S. Congratulations to Amtrak and PennDOT on the next era of passenger rail travel.


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