electricron wrote:Those with high platforms will stick to high floor vehicles because it will cost more money to rebuild their high platforms to low platforms. Buying a new low or high floor vehicle will costs basically the same. There's no savings to be gained by changing platform heights when you can continue to buy new vehicles to match what you already have.Are you talking about initial or ongoing costs here? If the cost of changing over is not ongoing, then it's pretty insignificant compared compared to the difference it makes in the long term.
If your system is entirely on reserved track with no stops in narrow streets (where high platforms would be unsuitable), or anywhere else where the high platforms would be too obtrusive, inconvenient or both, there is no ongoing advantage to using low floor vehicles.
electricron wrote:You might think Pittsburgh was wise to change platform heights, I believe they wasted money doing so. Never-the-less, the local transit agency made their own decision over what works best for them, not some advocate thinking their way and only their way is best.I have never been there. I'm not particularly either way about changing platform height, but it does seem that they still have stops without high level platforms.
electricron wrote:Let Cleveland decide what works best for them now and in the future. If they want heavy rail with high platforms and light rail with low platforms, it''s their choice to make.Their choice but their loss. But then again, it's their choice if they extend their system into the street environment.
electricron wrote:Just like El Paso, who will be returning 6 PCC streetcars into service soon. The streetcars will have high floors, but they are building 29 stations with low platforms. They plan to accommodate wheelchairs with lifts installed on their 6 vehicles at the back door. Obviously they think running and maintaining 6 lifts will be cheaper than building 29 high platforms. But that's the choice they made.(1)Is this a heritage system?
(2)Are there stops in locations where high platforms won't fit or are less desirable, such as in city streets, especially narrower ones?
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