dbperry wrote:I have to assume they mean leased power. No other way to get there for power. But as for coaches, that's a mystery. I would assume any spare coaches anywhere would be sucked up by SEPTA. Maybe rehab of the MBB's?
Potential locomotive overhaul program: In June 2016, the MBTA requested letters of interest from firms that may be interested in overhauling a minimum of 10 F40PH-2C and F40PHM-2C locomotives. The MBTA may issue an RFP for a program in August 2016. As part of a presentation to the MBTA Control Board in June 2016, MBTA staff identified a potential program to remanufacture 10 locomotives, overhaul 10 locomotives, and replace major components on 10 locomotives (30 locomotives total).
No way they should need a 34% spare ratio for locomotives. The old ratio was 21% Are they hoping to run additional service? Or are we acknowledging the abysmal MTTF rates? Or has BET been understaffed & they are staffing up to where they should have been all the time?The current contract requires the vendor to keep 81 locomotives in repair, and the changes would boost that number to 90. The changes Pollack described would add 12 coaches to the fleet Keolis must keep in repair, bringing the number of coaches up to 420.
Pollack said it is typical for firms to be required to have a cushion of vehicles kept in repair in excess of the amount needed for service.
"In the contract they kept it tight at 81. We're just increasing it," Pollack said.
"In order to have really 67 every day we need to have a larger spare ratio," said Dubourdieu.
In the event of a prolonged Silverliner V outage, an available diesel or two could be used with MBTA coaches in limited diesel service out of 30 Street Lower Level on the PRR lines. And of course, there's the RL1.F-line to Dudley via Park wrote: Since it doesn't look SEPTA is going to be able to score more than a handful more electric locos total, in all likelihood they're never going to get far enough down the spare coach call list to hit up the T.
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