New Equipment for a Modern System
Rail Cars Will Create New Incentives for American Industry While Reducing Costs
for States and Taxpayers
Next Generation Equipment Committee was established by Congress to “design,
develop specifications for, and procure standardized next-generation corridor
rail equipment.” Any state using federal funds for its high-speed and intercity
passenger rail program must use equipment that meets these specifications.
Members of the Executive Board include 11 state departments of transportation,
the Federal Railroad Administration, and Amtrak. AASHTO acts as the secretariat
for the Committee on behalf of the state DOTs. Efforts are currently underway
to finalize specifications for a single-level car and diesel locomotive, which
are expected to be approved in February 2011.
Committee’s work is critical to creating a pipeline of passenger rail equipment
that will be needed over the coming decades. By providing a generic
specification for rail equipment, the Committee is creating a strong incentive
for the expansion of the U.S.
rail equipment manufacturing industry.” —Committee Chairman Bill Bronte, Rail
Director, California Department of Transportation