With a focus on improving the modern customer experience, Amtrak is investing in the future with plans to introduce new Amtrak Airo trains in 2026.
The new trains will elevate the journey with a focus on comfort and efficiency. According to a press release from the company, Amtrak Airo will provide even more advantages to traveling by train, including:
Elevated Experience: With its modern, spacious interior and panoramic windows, customers have an improved view of the best sights in the country while connecting to the passing landscape.
A Greener Impact: The new trains are more fuel efficient and produce 90% less particulate emissions in diesel operations.
Reduced Travel Times: The new trains will operate at speeds up to 125 mph and offer near seamless transition between power sources where time-consuming locomotive changes were previously required.
Redesigned Café Car: More contemporary food service provides self-service options.
Wayfinding: Signage creates a cleaner, more evident and accessible way to identify and differentiate cabins – both on the exterior and interior through a color-coded system.
Spacious Seating: Each spacious seat prioritizes ergonomics, offers enhanced comfort with plenty of legroom, bigger and sturdier tray tables, moveable headrests and a dedicated cup and seatback tablet-holder.
Business Class: Choice of double and single seats offer customers greater flexibility.
Amenities: Features enhanced lighting, improved technology with digital customer information systems and touchless restroom controls, dedicated individual outlets, USB ports and onboard Wi-Fi.
“As we invest in the future, Amtrak is leading the way with a new era of rail,” said Amtrak President Roger Harris. “Our new trains will transform the Amtrak experience with significant environmental benefits, a progressive design and world-class amenities.”
In response to strong customer demand, the new trains are part of a larger transformation that will revolutionize the Amtrak experience, including the new Acela trains. Amtrak’s move to the future also includes major infrastructure projects, service expansion, station upgrades, modernization efforts and improved track capacity along the Northeast Corridor.
“Americans deserve modern, safe, reliable passenger rail service, and introducing brand new rail cars is a major step towards improving the daily experience of commuters and travelers who depend on Amtrak,” said Federal Railroad Administration administrator Amit Bose. “We’re poised to make inter-city passenger rail an even more efficient, convenient, and accessible mode of travel for Americans.”