NY senator says Alstom expected to build trains in new $2.5B high-speed rail program

A manufacturer in the Southern Tier is expected to be chosen to build the next generation of high-speed trains for the Northeast as part of a $2.5 billion program.

Sen. Charles Schumer says Amtrak's board of directors is expected to select Alstom in Steuben County at its meeting Tuesday.

That would create an estimated 400 jobs at Alstom in Hornell and potentially more across upstate New York.

Schumer is visiting Hornell Monday to talk about the anticipated Amtrak board decision to authorize management to move forward with Alstom negotiations. He notes final contract details haven't been settled.

Alstom employs more than 1,000 people in New York, part of a France-based global enterprise.

A call to the company was not initially returned Monday.