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BostonUrbEx wrote:I 100% there is a need for more seats. But all I'm saying is there's more ways to add seats than to go with bi-levels, and those other options also make for better service in my opinion.Buying more single level cars won't increase the capacity by much. Do you even know how old the mbb's are. At least 25-30 years which is a long time. The bombardiers I believe are 10 years younger or something like that. Someone with better accurate info please share it since I don't know the facts like textbook. I only know what I hear. Getting more bi-levels from Kawasaki or a better builder is the better and cost effective way to go. It may sound like a lot now, but on the long run it will pay off.
trains18 wrote:...and are heavier with a max rated speed of 80 while the rebuilt and new bi-levels are rated for 90.It’s the MBTA, everything has a rubber-stamped 80 MAS for the Commuter Rail, even if it was designed for 90 or 100 or 125 MPH.
BandA wrote:Single level cars are much faster boarding & getting off, and don't have the ADA problems. High level platforms were designed for and work better with single-level coaches - if they knew they were going to bi-levels it would have been a lot easier to stay with low platforms.NJT has no issues with their bi-levels and high platforms. Of course NJT also has auto traps and full length auto doors, something that MBTA has never adopted for some reason, despite the fact that like NJT it has a mix of high and low level platforms.
Bi-levels are lower weight per-passenger. Do the rules require a certain number of conductors per coach or per passenger?