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Bombardier MultiLevel Coach
The Bombardier MultiLevel Coach is a bi-level passenger rail car manufactured by Bombardier for use on commuter rail lines. It started service in 2006 and is still being produced as of 2014.
There are 643 of these coaches in service as of 2015 on NJ Transit, Agence Metropolitaine de Transport (AMT) of Montreal rail lines, and MARC. NJT received 429 cars, including 62 cab cars, while AMT received 160 cars, including 26 cab cars. AMT's initial order in 2007 was for 60 coaches, with options for a further 100, since fully exercised. The MARC order consists of 39 trailers and 15 cab cars. The cars are currently being phased into service.
The coaches have a two-by-two seating arrangement and more knee and leg room than single level coaches. The seats are also bigger and it has 15-30% more seating than on single level coaches. The intermediate levels have 5 inward-facing flip-up seats on each side, for wheelchairs or bicycles. On cab cars, a large equipment locker behind the cab replaces one row of seats. There are large side doors at intermediate levels for high-platform loading, and end doors, except at the cab position on cab cars. The end doors of NJ Transit coaches have stepwell traps, allowing these doors to be used for both high and low-platform loading. AMT coaches have one-piece end doors without traps, which can be used only for low-platform loading. There are also an automated announcement system and LED destination screens.
ARC, which operates commuter rail service in the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area ordered 54 of the cars using the option from the latest NJ Transit order.
All multilevel cab cars are equipped with a K5LA (with the exception of AMT using 2 K5LAs) and a Graham white 373 E-Bell.
Multi-Level Coach Overview
Manufacturer: Bombardier Transportation
Built at: La Pocatière, Quebec and Plattsburgh, New York
Replaced: All remaining Comet I/II/IIIs, All Comet IBs
Entered service: 2006-present
Number built: 643
Number in service: 643
Capacity: 127 (cab car), 132 (trailer car with restroom), 142 (standard trailer car)
Operators: NJ Transit, Agence Metropolitaine de Transport of Montreal, MARC Train
Car body construction: Riveted or welded aluminum body on a steel frame
Car length: 85 ft (25.91 m)
Width: 10 ft 0 in (3.05 m)
Height: 14 ft 6 in (4.42 m)
Floor height: 4 ft 3 in (1.30 m)
Doors: Pneumatically-operated doors
Maximum speed: 100 mph (160.93 km/h)
Weight: 139,250 lb (63,163 kg) (cab car), 134,880 lb (61,181 kg) (trailer car with restroom), 132,990 lb (60,323 kg) (standard trailer car)
Power supply: 480 V AC, 60 Hz, 3-phase
Braking systems: Pneumatic Disc and Shoe
Track gauge: 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in)
NJ Transit Bombadier Multi-level Coach Train 6651, led by No. 7014, stops at the Millburn Station, circa April 2008.
By Adam E. Moreira - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3847017
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