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NJ Transit Multi-level coach at Millburn
|Built at||La Pocatière, Quebec and Plattsburgh, New York|
|Replaced||All remaining Comet I/II/IIIs
All Comet IBs
|Number in service||643|
|Capacity||127 (cab car)
132 (trailer car with restroom)
142 (standard trailer car)
|Operator(s)||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)|
|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 system(s)||Pneumatic Disc and Shoe|
|Track gauge||1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in)|
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.
MARC, 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. These cars are classified on the MARC system as MARC IV.
All multilevel cab cars are equipped with a Nathan-Airchime K5LA (with the exception of AMT using either a K10LA or 2 K5LAs) and a Graham White 373 E-Bell.
- Bombardier. "Multilevel Coaches in the USA and Canada". Retrieved June 23, 2010.
- https://web.archive.org/web/20141118062504/http://mta.maryland.gov/sites/default/files/minutes-2013-05-16-with-handouts-1.pdf Page 10
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