diburning wrote:The problem is that MBTA buys cars from companies with no experience. Before the MBTA orders, Boeing didn't make light rail vehicles, Breda didn't make light rail vehicles (only subway cars)Breda did build light-rail cars prior to the Type 8 order (Cleveland, San Francisco)
and Siemens didn't make heavy rail vehicles (only modern LRVs).Siemens did build heavy-rail metro cars for various systems in Europe and the Far East starting in the 1990's.
Bombardier is a great manufacturer. Those 01800s are near 20 years of service. However, Bombardier hasn't built any light rail vehicles so I wouldn't go with them.Yes they have - according to their website, "Bombardier has supplied more than 2,500 trams and light rail vehicles to approximately 100 cities in more than 20 countries across the globe."
Hyundai Rotem is the one company you should have put on your list - their light-rail experience is just about nonexistent.