New Coaches to replace all existing single active coaches

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Re: New Coaches to replace all existing single active coache

Postby MBTA3247 » Fri Apr 12, 2019 11:49 am

BandA wrote:Single level cars are much faster boarding & getting off, and don't have the ADA problems. High level platforms were designed for and work better with single-level coaches - if they knew they were going to bi-levels it would have been a lot easier to stay with low platforms.

Back when the first high level platforms were being built in the US, they didn’t even know they would be going to steel carbodies, much less that they would eventually transition to bilevel equipment.
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Re: New Coaches to replace all existing single active coache

Postby NorthPennLimited » Sun Apr 14, 2019 10:24 am

Why can’t MBTA use federal money to fund the purchase of CRRC MLV cars?

-the T and Chicago are building Chinese subway cars
-SEPTA is buying Chinese MLV cars

There must be a loophole somewhere in the law.
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Re: New Coaches to replace all existing single active coache

Postby nomis » Sun Apr 14, 2019 10:47 am

IIRC, the laws changed from when those orders were placed till today.
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Re: New Coaches to replace all existing single active coache

Postby MBTA3247 » Sun Apr 14, 2019 1:43 pm

The T's order is being paid for entirely with state money, and all 3 orders were signed last year or earlier. The ban on Federal money for CRRC purchases only dates back a few months (earlier this year, IIRC).
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