NH2060 wrote:with Siemens currently free of any major Amtrak order to make however many Viaggio/Brightline coaches VIA were to need to replace the HEPs and LRCs + expand the coach fleet the time is literally NOW to get funding released and contracts secured.
Except Siemens is currently starting up the order for 137 coaches for the assorted States, which apparently will take up until 2023 to complete. The question is whether Siemens has the ability to increase production capacity or not.
NH2060 wrote:Unless of course the gov't does some strong arming and has VIA award the contract to Bombardier...
Bombardier would have 2 problems - first, and most importantly, they don't have a current design available (one of the reasons Siemens got the US State order even though they originally wanted bi-levels) - the time to design, test and certify a new coach could well be too long for VIA at this point.
Secondly, given the TTC/Metrolinx experience with LRT I don't know that any level of government wants to risk Bombardier again (yes, the bi-levels continue to be bought, but that is an existing design with existing production that actually works).
It's one thing to support Bombardier (and more importantly the jobs in Quebec) and their plane hopes, another thing entirely to risk anything new with their train division.