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

Posted by WillD on Sun Mar 25 00:06:16 2012, in response to Re: Staten Island North shore cars (Re: And the R-179 contract goes to....), posted by randyo on Sat Mar 24 20:31:40 2012.

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Don't forget the entire CTA and I believe also Boston's Blue Line and also Philly's Broad St Line.

I'm not sure what this refers to. Yes, grade crossings as the CTA utilizes are a possibility, but more extensive grade level running may be required. Yes, the MBTA Blue line uses catenary, but the North Shore line's LRT operation has, in almost all studies, been contemplated as a low floor operation which is undeniably an LRT. I'm not sure in what way the Broad Street subway is in any way like the prior two examples because it is a heavy rail subway in the mold of the BMT.

To me it seems to be a foregone conclusion that if the North Shore line is build with the LRT alternative then it will be a low floor line largely compatible with the HBLRT on the other side of the Bayonne Bridge. To that end it would be advantageous to order rolling stock which is compatible with the 90 foor, 70% low floor LRVs to be operated on the North Shore but equipped with high floors and third rail shoes to operate on the South Shore. That way we maintain one large fleet with trucks, power electrics, and other components shared between the two variants instead of a small fleet of R179s alongside a small fleet of LRVs for the North Shore with no parts commonality.

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