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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 15:37:14 2012, in response to Re: Staten Island North shore cars (Re: And the R-179 contract goes to....), posted by Olog-hai on Sun Mar 25 04:36:45 2012.

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Not when St. George has them.

Again, it's extremely simple to do like the London Underground and put the rails in the stations on supports to reduce the distance between the top of the rail and the platform. There may be some clearance issues, but with the roofline of most LRVs coming a bit closer to the TOR than an R44 it should not present a major problem.

You know what seems silly? Creating extra facilities and duplicate spare-parts inventories for nonstandard equipment that can't be used elsewhere on NYCTA.

What good is having "standard" equipment when all the facilities to do the heavy repair work on that standard equipment require a costly oversized truck trip across the Verrazano to utilize them? The heavy rail option was eliminated from consideration for the North Shore line years ago. It will be either a light rail or bus rapid transit line. As such you can either choose between having effectively one rail fleet for Staten Island which maximizes commonality between the fleets for the North and South shore lines, or you can have an even smaller LRV fleet operated alongside 'standard' subway equipment with inflated O&M costs because of the need to travel across the bridge for anything Clifton cannot handle.

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