• Amtrak/CAHSR joint procurement plan deep-sixed

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General discussion of passenger rail proposals and systems not otherwise covered in the specific forums in this category, including high speed rail.

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  by kaitoku
 
Basically this is for the better.
The California High-Speed Rail Authority and Amtrak have canceled a joint bidding process that both agencies hoped would reduce the cost to buy dozens of new trains over the next decade.

The cancellation comes because the specifications of the trains needed for each agency were "just too different" for manufacturers to accommodate under a single contract, said Frank Vacca, chief program manager for the California rail program.
http://www.fresnobee.com/2014/06/20/398 ... joint.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
  by dowlingm
 
I agree. Time lost though - how much NEC ridership is being lost between this and the previous deep sixing of the extra Acela1 capacity after the IG's report?