SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Amtrak and the California High-Speed Rail Authority are canceling a joint agreement to bid on high-speed trains.
The agencies say their needs are too different and that manufacturers are not yet ready to build trains that can run on both Amtrak's 100-year-old rail lines and the high-speed corridors planned for California.
The agencies had hoped to reduce costs and lure manufacturers to build the trains in the United States by bidding jointly.
But high-speed rail spokeswoman Lisa-Marie Alley says it became clear in meetings over the last few weeks that the requirements were too different.
California's $68 billion project requires speeds up to 220 mph, while Amtrak is limited to 160 mph.