Then the question is,How long to reconstruct the M8 production line at Lincoln,if the CT bond people approve the project??
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Backshophoss wrote:Then the question is,How long to reconstruct the M8 production line at Lincoln,if the CT bond people approve the project??Certainly not until after all M9's are finished, as that's the nearest-match for assembly lines they'd have to overhaul and the MTA is not going to let its well-laid plans get pre-empted by one of their own partners. Slotting vs. the WMATA subway cars and other orders is tougher to peg until you tease out where all the supply chains are coming from inside and outside of Kawasaki. Probably a whole lot of "It depends..." answers and asterisks re: ability to multitask orders the further away you get into other non-M# product lines. Pecking order for final assembly at the NY factory is only a small part of the overall picture.
DutchRailnut wrote:Irony here is Connecticut is laying off state workers all over, yet orders $30 million worth of bar cars ??? screw Malloy !!Honestly is there really anything more he can do to get himself even more disliked? His approval rating is astoundingly terrible as it is (probably as bad or worse than Chris Christie's) so I doubt spending that much on bar cars will tip the scales enough to improve or worsen his image. Most of CT just wants him gone altogether.
Stephen B. Carey wrote:While I did like having the Bar Car on the train I honestly don't think it makes sense for the New Haven line. As I have heard on this site previously the bar cars didn't really make a whole lot of money, although I will say that they sold the cheapest beer in NYC . It seems to me that it would be a whole lot cheaper to possibly get a food cart that goes through the train during peak hours. I witnessed such a system in England and it seemed to work well though the trains were certainly not as full. As someone who doesn't really use Metro North all too often (maybe 4 times a year) I would rather have seats in all 60 cars instead of a bar in ten. It just seems a better use of taxpayer dollars.No way you could get a cart through the aisles of a rush-hour Metro-North train. The aisles are too narrow, the trains are too crowded, and there's no diaphragm keeping out the weather between the ends of married pairs on the M-series cars.
The EGE wrote:...mixing some bar cars in was the price that MNRR pays for being allowed to buy additional cars at all.Just a clarification, CDOT (not MNR) is the agency looking to spend the money for the 60 new M8s and having 10 cars retrofitted as bar cars. Note that all the news articles and posts have only mentioned the Governor and other officials from Connecticut (and asking CT voters to approve the bond to fund the purchase). Nobody from MNR itself or New York State has been mentioned. Although MTA runs the railroad, CDOT is responsible for most of the funding for the New Haven Line, since most of the line exists within Connecticut.