Since Amtrak started operating across the U.S. 51 years ago, the national railroad passenger corporation has played a significant role in the nation’s climate crisis. Serving over 80,000 passengers across more than 42 U.S. states and 9 cities in Canada daily, Amtrak has decided to address its climate impact.
The company is investing billions into a project to build new low-emission passenger trains, including battery-electric ones, which it plans to roll out starting in 2026. The new trains are called Airo. In addition to addressing Amtrak’s climate impact, the new trains will have enhanced speed rates, improved interiors, and modernized amenities like free Wi-Fi to elevate the passenger experience. Amtrak also wants the trains to be American-made, and it is collaborating with California-based manufacturer Siemens Mobility for their production.