Congressman Tom Reed joined Senator Chuck Schumer to announce the expected completion of the final step in the federal grant funding process for Alstom in Hornell.
The funding comes as part Amtrak’s efforts to modernize its rail cars. The project is part of the Acela Express services, a $2.5 billion program, which will directly create 400 jobs at Alstom in Hornell and potentially an additional 350 or more across the rest of New York.
With more than 750 jobs expected between the Alstom’s Hornell facility and the ripple effect this massive contract would have throughout Upstate NY, Schumer said it would be a win for the entire Upstate NY economy.
Schumer released this statement:
Amtrak and Alstom signing on the dotted line is the final stop in this long journey to bring hundreds of good paying jobs to the economically struggling Southern Tier. This contract is a win-win-win that will improve rail safety, bring jobs to Upstate New York, and improve the Amtrak experience for passengers along the entire Northeast Corridor.
Reed released this statement:
We join with Senator Schumer in celebrating the near completion of the contract. We care about creating the quality, family sustaining jobs in our region. This funding recognizes that we have a workforce that is second to none and will have a long lasting positive impact on our community. It’s only right that we continue to stand with Alstom, and celebrate this victory for local workers. We will continue to work together with Senator Schumer, the Department of Transportation, Alstom, Amtrak and our team of local leaders and are proud to bring this investment to our region. We have been working with a team of local leaders on this issue, stewarding the proposal through the process for years. It’s great to see this get to the finish line for the sake of Hornell and so many families in our region.
The Amtrak board is expected to have its Railroad Rehabilitation and Improvement Financing loan to be approved before voting to proceed on the award to Alstom this week.