BobLI wrote: ↑Tue Apr 28, 2020 11:45 am Why did the MTA go with a different vendor for the next order of bi-levels? Didn’t it make more sense to be comparable with the existing c1 cars and add to that fleet?Bob-(going off the original topic):
1-The 10 original C1 bilevels were a prototype train that were built as married pairs,
had cramped 3/2 seats and was VERY expensive: $33 million dollars ($3.3 m/each).
2-The Kawasaki C3 fleet had "corrections" such as single units cab and trailer, 2/2
seats and regular tightlock couplers meaning that any diesel locomotive could tow
them. It made perfect sense to make these changes to the updated (late 90s) C3
car fleet. Kawasaki outbid Tokyu Car and other car builders for the C3 car contract.