Trainers have begun signing up for jobs on Amtrak auto trains, a major part of the company’s strategy to boost the economy.
The train operators will be able to train train more than 300,000 trainees a year, about 1.5 percent of the total trainee base, according to the company.
The trainees train in a virtual environment and work as independent contractors who are eligible for compensation based on their experience, according the company website.
More than 10,000 of the trainees are expected to train on the Amtrak Auto train from the end of 2019 through 2022, with the majority of the rest expected to start training on the service in the next few years.
The announcement came just hours after the Transportation Security Administration said it had approved a $1.5 billion expansion of security screening on passenger planes at airports, allowing passengers to board more frequently and more safely.
The TSA said in a statement that the expansion “will ensure that passengers are able to board the most expeditious flights, and will also ensure that the TSA continues to keep the nation safe.”
The TSA is also working to improve security on Amtrak trains.
Amtrak trains have been screening more than 10 million passengers since September 1, and more than 5,500 have been arrested for drug possession and other crimes.