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Re: MBTA board calls for commuter-rail electrification

Posted by AEM-7AC #901 on Thu Nov 7 15:16:55 2019, in response to Re: MBTA board calls for commuter-rail electrification, posted by Henry R32 #3730 on Wed Nov 6 20:35:17 2019.

*In the interim they can buy some ACS-64s, with only 6 Kawasaki/Rotem bilevels there would be a notable acceleration improvement even without going EMU*

I wish I had the link for this, but from what somebody wrote some time ago about electrification, for the money that one spends on the entire process, it actually doesn't make that much sense to electrify and go with locomotive hauled units because while the acceleration gains are there, they're almost depressing compared to what a *good* multiple unit can deliver.

*if MBTA wants to go single level, they, RTD, and Metro-North can all share a car.*

I suspect they'd be better off paying Stadler to come up with a high floor version of the Flirt design from Europe. They've already made a high floor version for the UK, but their loading gauge is a bit narrow compared to us. Thankfully, Stadler's core designs are rather flexible, and they have a US plant in Utah. :-)

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