Hopefully the MBTA wasn't as underhanded as SEPTA was in their decision to go with Rotem. Kawasaki actually legitimately won
the bid there in the grounds of required experience
, but SEPTA chose Rotem anyways, resulting in a lawsuit from Kawasaki.
Result: SEPTA modified the contract so only Rotem could possibly bid.
I know that transit agenices are trying to save their taxpayers money, but they need to weigh the cost vs the benefits. In my opinion Kawasaki has a higher cost/benefit value than Rotem. The fastest commuter rail cars in the US ar Kawasakis (MARC's 125mph bi-levels), how does that compare to Rotem?
Why buy a Hyundai when you can have a Honda?
I know this topic is about the new MBTA Rotem's
, but I think its neccessary to correct 'diburning' on his assesment of DCs Bredas.
Breda has bad stuff and good stuff. The bad stuff would be the Washington metro that derails every month, and our own type 8s which derail because of design issues.
However, MUNI runs all Bredas in their subways and Light Rail and don't have any problems. (Obviously not the same design as the others)
The Washington Metro's Bredas are not "bad stuff." In fact they are actually some of our more reliable cars, and I've never heard of a recent Breda derailment. I think the cars you mean to say are the CAF
cars which do derail frequently, and are being investigated by the NTSB. LRVs and heavy rail cars are very different and it wouldn't be surprising that the MBTAs Bredas were "bad stuff."