The two organizations, Amtrak on the east coast and California High-Speed Rail Authority on the west coast, are looking to partner on new train purchases in an effort to make the purchase of 60 trains more affordable.
The two biggest players in the nation’s pursuit of high-speed rail said Thursday they’ll work together to search for trains that will operate at up to 220 miles per hour along both coasts of the United States.
Officials with Amtrak and the California High-Speed Rail Authority said they envision that the two systems will purchase about 60 trains over the next decade. The first order could take place next year.
The aim is for manufacturers to design trains that will work for both systems. In the process, their combined buying power should generate better pricing from manufacturers.