Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Bombardier Urges Rail Upgrades as Tracks Hobble Amtrak's Acela

U.S. rail travelers would benefit more from upgraded tracks allowing trains to go faster than from immediate spending on high-speed equipment, according to Bombardier Inc., the maker of Amtrak’s Acela.
New high-speed trains are “not really what the U.S. needs right now,” Bombardier Chief Executive Officer Pierre Beaudoin said yesterday in an interview. “I know that sounds odd from a manufacturer. Before you go and buy all this new equipment, let’s work on the infrastructure.” Continued

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