WILMINGTON, Del. – U.S. Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) issued the following statement on the recently awarded Amtrak-Siemens Mobility contract to manufacture a new fleet of multi-powered modern trains.

"This upgrade to our nation's infrastructure that will help move tens of millions of people faster, safer, and reliably is a step in the right direction," Sen. Coons said. "I am excited for this agreement between Siemens and Amtrak, and particularly glad for what this means for the thousands of men and women who will build and maintain these train sets in America."

The new equipment will operate on the Northeast Corridor, which runs through Delaware, long distance Palmetto, and various state-supported routes that will replace Amtrak-owned Amfleet, Metroliner, and state-owned equipment on specific routes throughout the country.

Siemens Mobility has had a footprint in Delaware since 2017, operating the Siemens Locomotive Service in New Castle. Employees there help to train Amtrak service technicians and remotely maintain its fleet of locomotives. The New Castle facility serves as the company's digital service, supply chain distribution center, and technical field training hub in the region.

To read the full announcement by Amtrak, visit bit.ly/3qWqXGP.