The first train to run with automated technology is set to go into service in 2019, according to Amtrak, with its first line running between Philadelphia and Washington DC, before it’s followed by the first trains to connect the Northeast and Midwest.
The train company said it will start in 2017 and will offer a range of services including service between Philadelphia, Washington DC and the Midwest.
Amtrak said it plans to have the train running by 2023, though no timeline was provided for when it would arrive.
Amtrak’s announcement came as US President Donald Trump tweeted that he is “not looking to stop Amtrak” and that the rail agency’s success in the 21st century depends on the ability of the federal government to keep its promise to keep America safe.
The Trump administration has vowed to fund a “substantial portion” of Amtrak’s $1.4 billion cost overruns, which have resulted in delays to tens of thousands of trains.
The government’s role in Amtrak’s future remains unclear, though the president is said to be considering the idea of privatizing the company’s fleet.
Trump has also expressed interest in privatizing US transportation, which would include the railways and airports, according a Wall Street Journal report from last month.