The combination of old and new, steam engines and high speed rail in the US is unique, and American dimensions – as in other areas – quite impressive… we had a chance to explore it in person at the Railway Interchange, Minneapolis, MN.
During the past decade, the US market has been facing mass transportation issues, realizing that adding additional lanes to existing highways wasn’t a viable option in the long run. Following European concepts, US transport authorities, state and city governments have recently started to invest in smart transport concepts, such as:
- California, which has a population of 38 million, recently broke ground on the country’s first high-speed rail project that will run at 200 mph from Los Angeles to San Francisco. California is in the process of buying 95 train sets capable of 220 mph speeds;
- the nation’s largest transit system, the New York MTA, approved a fully state-funded $15 billion capital plan in
October 2014, prepared to purchase 752 new subway cars by the end of 2015
- the Chicago Transit Authority is seeking to purchase 400 new transit cars, with a potential to expand the order to 846 cars. The order is expected to be worth about $2 billion
- the Northeast Corridor (NEC) Infrastructure Master Plan, a collaboration of 12 Northeastern states and the District of Columbia, Amtrak, eight commuter and three freight railroads, has proposed plans to operate 220 mph passenger rail service and improve reliability and capacity for all rail users
Those initiatives show that there is considerable opportunity and room for growth and innovation – certainly a market in which Seisenbacher’s know-how in Interior Solutions, the knowledge in engineering and manufacturing of rail interior parts at superior standards.
In Q3 of 2015 Seisenbacher has started to embark on its US business development plans, setting first steps to enter the US market and to establish its supply chain with the objective to be operational and able to deliver turnkey interior solutions from design to delivery and aftermarket service in compliance with FRA / Buy America requirements.