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Which led me to this:EMU Replacement – 30 Cars
Funding is allocated in this project to purchase 30 EMU cars for service on the Hudson, Harlem, or New Haven Line. The exact procurement will be based on a rolling stock strategy currently under development jointly with Long Island Rail Road. Total cost for this proposed 2010-2014 Capital Program project is $100 million.
http://www.mta.info/lirr/about/Procurem" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; ... -RFI-6.pdf
I was surprised that they were looking at alternatives to M9's. Everything I've read in the past indicated multi-levels were out. I would assume they'd be looking for P32 replacements, of course.MTA COMMUTER RAIL CAR PROCUREMENT (M-9 EMU's AND ALTERNATE CONFIGURATION CARS)
As a follow up to the Railroads' previously issued Supplemental Request for Information ("SRFf") No. 81908, Metro-North Railroad ("Metro-North") seeks input from carbuilders as to whether alternate configuration cars (that is, other than married pair M-9 EMU's) would best meet the Metro-North's rolling stock needs which are currently projected to be fulfilled by the forthcoming MTA Commuter Rail Car procurement, The major concern for Metro-North with married pair EMU's is meeting future seating capacity requirements, while operating in an increasingly restricted operating environment at Grand Central Terminal. Based upon prior designs, it appears that the maximum number of seats that can be expected in a married pair car is approximately 105 seats per car.
As part of the Rail Car procurement Metro-North shall also be soliciting proposals for single car EMU's (with and without propulsion), as a means of optimizing available seating capacity and increasing operating flexibility. Metro-North will also be soliciting proposals for locomotives and coaches, especially multi-level coaches, as alternatives to the married pair and single M-9 Cars. AC/DC dual mode and DC/Diesel dual mode locomotive are of interest to Metro-North.
Accordingly, Metro-North requests concise RFI responses addressing whether carbuilders have interest. and capacity to provide locomotive/coach consists, preferably based upon existing units whose designs can be adapted to the requirements of the Metro-North's Harlem and Hudson Lines. A response is requested no later than September 30, 2011. Metro-North intends to discuss this issue at the carbuilder meetings to be scheduled in response to this SRFI issued on September 4, 2011.
"Single cars" wasn't a surprise, nor was "with or without propulsion", based on the trailer/single M8 cars ordered. My assumption would be given the reference to M9's, and the timing of the additional M8 order of 25 cars, the two are not related except in concept.
Any thoughts as to what they are looking at, and what's going on here?