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Staten Island North shore cars (Re: And the R-179 contract goes to....)

Posted by J trainloco on Sat Mar 24 14:06:07 2012, in response to Re: And the R-179 contract goes to...., posted by WillD on Sat Mar 24 00:07:08 2012.

It seems highly unlikely they'd adopt an alternative which costs more to implement,more to maintain,and carries fewer people just because it happens to share characteristics with the subway.

Currently, the SIR uses third rail, high platforms and the same cars as the subway. Converting the existing SIR to a light rail format wouldn't be worth what you might save on the North Shore. In addition to that, as the North shore is grade separated, I don't know what one gains by making it light rail.

How do you figure light rail would carry more people?


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