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New Jersey Transit Comet V No. 6057 leads Train #6648 into Morristown. Note the other three Comet V's in the set.

New Jersey Transit Comet V No. 6057 leads Train #6648 into Morristown. Note the other three Comet V's in the set.

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Alstom Comet V Railcar
The Comet V railcar is the fifth generation of the Comet railcar series. Produced by the manufacturer Alstom, the Comet V is a much different type of car compared to previous versions of the series. The Comet V began servicing New York metropolitan area commuter rail operators New Jersey Transit and Metro-North in April 2002.

Layout and design
The main design of the Comet V is similar to its predecessors starting with the Comet III. Each trailer car has six doors for entering and exiting (like the Comet IV, the cab cars have five doors); the doors at the ends of the car are single-leaf with trap doors for low-level boarding while those in the middle are double-leaf but lack steps and trapdoors, only opening at high platform stations. The length of the cars at 85 feet over the couplers remains unchanged from previous models and their width adheres to the standard loading gauge of 10.5 feet.

The one unique feature of Comet V cab cars, compared to earlier Comets and especially the Comet IV, is the lack of steps and a trapdoor at the door in the vestibule opposite the engineer's operating position. Like the Comet IV, the engineer's side of the cab vestibule has no door.

The interiors of the trains have significant differences from previous Comet railcars, featuring redesigned seats and windows that are Larger than previous Comet coaches. There are also new LED digital information displays along with slightly more seating.

Door problems
One prominent problem of the Comet V is failures in its door-opening mechanism. On the Comet V, Alstom added a new button to open vestibule doors that lead to the end doors labeled with "push to open." This led to confusion among passengers about how to open the doors; eventually many resorted to opening them manually. The Comet V's software glitches came to light as doors failed to open or malfunctioned.

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Comet V Overview
In service: 2002-present
Manufacturer: Alstom
Family name: Comet
Constructed: 1999-2004
Entered service: 2002
Number built: 265
Number in service: 263
Fleet numbers: 6000-6083, 6700-6714 (cab cars), 6200-6213, 6750-6754 (trailers with lavatories), 6500-6601, 6755-6799 (trailers without lavatories)
Capacity: 109 (cab), 111 (with restroom), 117 (without restroom)
Specifications
Car length 85 ft, Width 10.5 ft
Doors: 6 (2 high-level handicap doors and 4 regular, low-level doors.) 5 on cab units (3 high-level handicap doors and 2 regular, low-level doors.)
Weight: 100,000 lb
Track gauge: 4 ft 8 1⁄2 in standard gauge

See also:

Comet Railcars

Metroliners

Rail Passenger Cars