Amtrak has announced multiple upcoming procurement packages for new support facilities in Seattle, Boston, New York City, and Washington, D.C.
Amtrak said the new and renovated facilities will improve trainset maintenance and repairs, inspection and cleaning for Amtrak’s existing and future fleet, including new Acela, Amtrak Airo and Long Distance trains.
“These modern maintenance facilities are an essential part of Amtrak’s plans to introduce new state-of-the-art passenger trainsets around the country,” said Amtrak Vice President, Project Delivery Fleet and Facilities, Norman Forde. “Thanks to funding provided by the Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act (IIJA), Amtrak can upgrade our existing rail yards with modern facilities that feature additional working space and enable more efficient maintenance practices.”
In addition to these four maintenance facilities, additional sites are also planned. That includes one in Philadelphia currently in procurement with an active Request for Proposals. Each site will house various facilities, such as:
- Heavy Maintenance: Major extended repairs and overhauls
- Maintenance & Inspections: Routine maintenance, inspections and refueling
- Service & Cleaning: Routine maintenance and inspections, cleaning and utility access
Additional information is available in the “Advance Notice to the Construction Industry” published on Amtrak’s Procurement Portal, which interested companies are encouraged to regularly monitor for the latest updates.
The publication of Advance Notices helps alert potential proposers to upcoming procurement opportunities, providing companies with lead time to prepare their bids and establish relationships, including participation from Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) firms. It also helps to increase competition and improve the quality of proposals. Amtrak will continue this approach for other construction projects as it advances work to effectively deliver on its historic infrastructure investment portfolio.