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Re: PHOTOS: Amtrak train 1054 with MARC coaches Sunday

Posted by Henry R32 #3730 on Mon Dec 2 01:46:38 2019, in response to Re: PHOTOS: Amtrak train 1054 with MARC coaches Sunday, posted by Joe V on Sun Dec 1 20:00:36 2019.

The MLVs seem to have a few terrible design choices which have made things more awkward or cramped than they need to be:
1 - some LIRR C3s have an extra luggage area on the bottom level in place of the seats towards the center of the car. MLVs should have done this. Combine this with turning all the seats so they face the center of the car, to allow everyone to be able to keep an eye on their luggage. Keep the upper level the way it is. Ideally people would go to the lower level if they have large luggage, and the upper level if they only need the tiny overhead rack.

2 - LIRR C3s have the "interior space" of the car going right up to the bulkhead, possible only due to the 100% high platform nature of the LIRR. The MLVs have an issue where the end doors are barely used and the quarter point doors are overloaded at high platform stations. Solution: delete the low platform end door from the non-restroom end of the car, and enlarge the high platform door at that end. This newly reclaimed interior space on the mid-level will add room for airport / luggage customers. This change will really only be a problem at Hoboken - they should raise one or two platforms to high level at Hoboken and try to steer MLV arrivals towards them, and track 13 (which can have both sides opened up).

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