Discussion related to commuter rail and rapid transit operations in the Chicago area including the South Shore Line, Metra Rail, and Chicago Transit Authority.

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  by justalurker66
 
ExCon90 wrote: Fri Feb 19, 2021 9:56 pm Perhaps also because the steps on the gallery cars are "indoors" out of the weather and thus don't collect ice in the winter. Or do the doors on multi-levels extend down to the bottom step? -- I don't recollect noticing.
The NJT cars have covers over the steps. I believe the biggest issue is the width. The NJT cars also have the same issue as the NICTD South Shore cars where more doors can be open at a high level platform than a low level platform.

The wider three step door on the current Metra cars allow a smoother flow of passengers. The new Alstom cars will double the total door width per car and remove the steps. A good improvement.
  by Jeff Smith
 
https://www.newswiretoday.com/news/1750 ... 0-Million/
This follows Metra Board of Directors’ approval in January 2021 to award Alstom a vehicle procurement contract for up to 500 rail cars. This initial order of 200 rail cars is worth approximately €650 million.

“Alstom is pleased to have been selected by Metra (metrarail.com) to provide the latest in multilevel car design,” said Jérôme Wallut, President, Alstom Americas. “Alstom continues to invest and support investment in U.S. railroad infrastructure, and these new cars will allow Metra to extract maximum value from their fleet investments by increasing fleet reliability, enhancing overall passenger experience and ensuring maximum accessibility for all passengers.”

The multilevel cars incorporate new design features to improve passenger experience, including: a streamlined, modern and welcoming interior, equipped with USB plugs and boasting large windows and a layout to improve passenger flow and traveller comfort; seating and spacing to allow for additional ridership and physical distancing; touchless doors; improved bogie design for improved ride quality; and multiple wide doors on each side of the cars to reduce passenger boarding times and improve access to passenger areas.

The new cars will also meet all Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and accessibility requirements, including the addition of wheelchair lifts on each side of the vehicles. Fleet reliability will be enhanced through modern, service-proven components and enhanced maintenance and diagnostic system capabilities that will allow Metra to have greater visibility on fleet operational performance and increase fleet availability. Moreover, the new eco-designed cars will be energy efficient, boasting improvements and developments such as full LED lighting and climate control regulation based on passenger load. The new rail cars will also be 90% recyclable.

The new cars will be built at Alstom’s rolling stock Centre of Excellence, and North America’s largest rolling stock manufacturing facility in Hornell, New York. The Alstom Hornell site will lead the project. Other Alstom sites will support the project including, Rochester, New York, for the automatic train control system.
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  by Fireman43
 
“Alstom Hornell facility to make hundreds of commuter rail cars in $1.8B deal with Metra.”

200 or so new cars - are transit systems usually a different track width?

Just wondering as to if they can then go by rail to Chicago or by truck .
  by Fireman43
 
advanced HVAC system that will “scrub the circulated air, reducing staleness, allergens and airborne viruses”

Guess that’s what our tax $$$$. Going for?
But I degress
  by MACTRAXX
 
Fireman43 wrote: Sun Jul 17, 2022 4:19 pm “Alstom Hornell facility to build 200 commuter rail cars in $1.8B deal with Metra.”

200 new cars - are transit systems usually a different track width?

Just wondering as to if they can then go by rail to Chicago or by truck.
F43 and Everyone:
1-Metra has purchased 200 Alstom Coradia multilevel rail cars - with options for additional cars.
2-Metra - which is commuter rail in the Chicago area - is standard gauge. www.metra.com
NO passenger rail in the Chicago area - commuter or CTA transit - uses any other gauge type.
3-These cars will be shipped by RAIL from Hornell - they are 85 feet long and weigh more than 100,000
pounds...CTA (transit) cars - which were trucked to and from Chicago - weigh around 55, 000 pounds
and are 51 feet long as a comparison...
See this discussion from the Chicagoland Forum for more information:
alstom-coradia-multilevel-coaches-t172537.html
(4 pages - 47 posts)
MACTRAXX
  by Fireman43
 
To all thanks for the info and links .
Quite a lot of knowledge out there :-D .

Often wondered that the car business at Alstrom in Hornell from what little I know must experience wild swings in employment as they get and complete contracts ?
Or are contracts so long term that business is figuratively ‘steady’?
Mark
  by Benjamin Maggi
 
Was there a hyperlink for the article?
  by Fireman43
 
Mactraxx above provided this ::
“See this discussion from the Chicagoland Forum for more information:
alstom-coradia-multilevel-coaches-t172537.html