Schumer: Amtrak, Alstom move closer to production deal

HORNELL, N.Y. (AP) — New York Sen. Charles Schumer says a city in the state's Southern Tier could gain 400 jobs if Amtrak and a French rail-car manufacturer Alstom reach agreement on a new supply contract. Schumer on Monday says Amtrak's board of directors is expected to vote this week to...

HORNELL, N.Y. (AP) — New York Sen. Charles Schumer says a city in the state's Southern Tier could gain 400 jobs if Amtrak and a French rail-car manufacturer Alstom reach agreement on a new supply contract.

Schumer on Monday says Amtrak's board of directors is expected to vote this week to finalize negotiations with Paris-based Alstom to provide new high-speed trains for its Acela Express service as part of a $2.5 billion program. The trains would be made at Alstom's 700,000-square-foot plant in Hornell in Steuben (stoo-BEHN') County, 60 miles south of Rochester.

Authorities estimate the deal would bring 400 jobs to Hornell and indirectly create as many as 350 more jobs elsewhere in upstate New York.

Amtrak's Acela Express offers rush-hour service between major eastern cities including New York; Washington, D.C.; Boston and Baltimore.

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