In addition, some of the money will go toward an investment in state-of-the-art rail cars for California and the Midwest. And, some of the money will be used to lay the groundwork for the nation's first 220 miles an hour high speed rail system in California that will link Los Angeles and San Francisco.
According to Amtrak's president, Joseph Boardman, the 220 m.p.h. train in California is still about 10 years away.
One improvement that riders in the Northeast will see is more seats, said Mr. Boardman. Amtrak is ordering another 40 new coach cars capable of traveling at the new higher speeds. This will add two new cars to each train. Many of the trains are sold out so this should help alleviate that problem. However, he says it's not feasible to add more cars since the stations themselves are not long enough.
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