Amtrak is investing over $16 million in an extensive overhaul of its train interiors on more than a dozen popular routes operating in the Northeast and Midwest aimed at introducing a more modern, more comfortable experience.
Expect to see the new interiors roll out on the following services: Northeast Regional (including trains to Springfield), Vermonter, Downeaster, Empire Service, Maple Leaf, Adirondack, Ethan Allen Express, Keystone, Springfield Shuttles, Pennsylvanian and Carolinian. In the Midwest, customers will see upgrades on the Illinois Service, Hiawatha, Missouri River Runner and Michigan Services.
Starting in August, Amtrak coach cars are undergoing a series of major improvements including:
- Brand-new seat cushions
- New carpeting
- New LED reading lights
- New bathroom flooring
- Upgraded wainscoting and bulkhead
- New curtains in Business Class cars
- Redesigned galleys in the café cars
The total investment is valued at more than $16 million.
The overhaul will take place on Amtrak’s Amfleet I equipment, which includes more than 450 Amtrak coach cars across the national network. Amtrak schedules will not change due to the refresh; in fact, Amtrak is strategically utilizing a phased approach during the refresh to ensure uninterrupted service for customers. Coach cars will be pulled offline on a rotating basis to upgrade or install new components as they become available. The refresh will take approximately nine months to complete.
- Fall 2017: Installation of Business Class carpets and cushions, Coach Class carpets and cushions, LED lighting, upgraded restrooms.
- Winter 2017: Continued installation of carpets, cushions, and LED lighting. First installations of Business Class curtains, refreshed wainscoting and bulkhead, and refreshed café cars.
- Summer 2018: Final installations of all items.