octr202 wrote:This "equipment shortage" has been going on for a while, perhaps almost a year at this point? Others can chime in, but the coach situation got most out of hand when the majority of the MBB's (500's/1500's) were pulled from service. Before the HSPs were (mostly) all in service, it was the motive power that was the limiting factor, as F40's of both varieties seemed to be dropping faster than the HSPs entered service.
In the case of the Northside, there hasn't seemed to be sufficient spare equipment to cover more than one or two failures at a time (at best, sometimes none at all), so "light ridership" trains get cancelled all the time to operate trips with higher ridership. Prior to the substantial changes this past May, Anderson/Woburn train 352 was the regular "first victim" up north when there wasn't enough equipment to operate the schedule. Now it appears that 191/192 and 304 are the regular victims...there's a lot fewer "light ridership" trains at rush hour to pick from now. In the evening, it's the Reading locals that seem to get the ax the most.
Aside from the Fairmont trains, it would be interesting to hear from Southsiders if there are any other "regular victims" on the southside.
harshaw wrote:2) There are clearly extra flat sets stashed across the Commonwealth. Presumably these are not in working condition for various reasons and rehabbing them is "really hard" for reasons.
Arborwayfan wrote: What am I missing, friends?
Backshophoss wrote:IF the T can wait untill NJT or MN starts sell off their Comet Fleets as the "Multi-Levels" go on line that could help ease the coach shortage.
the company is currently 14 coaches short of the 359 they are required to provide because of a backlog in maintenance inspections. The company is in the process of adding 85 people to its mechanical team to complete inspections more quickly
Arborwayfan wrote:I don't quite follow why the T doesn't just run its own railroad.
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