New Jersey Transit Multilevel III railcar

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In October 2017, New Jersey Transit released a Request for Proposals (RFP No. 17-012) for the supply of new bilevel railcars. The procurement of 113 Multilevel III railcars will replace the aging Arrow III cars. The order consists of 58 self-propelled cars and 55 unpowered cars (33 of which will have cabs) that will operate in trainsets without the need for locomotives. There are options for up to 886 additional cars, which includes 250 for SEPTA in a joint procurement.[1]

Two manufacturers submitted bids: Bombardier Transportation and CRRC Corporation.[2] On December 12, 2018, the New Jersey Transit Board approved the purchase of the 113 MultiLevel III railcars from Bombardier. The contract is valued at $670 million. LTK Engineering Services was selected for design and engineering assistance. The new cars are scheduled to begin testing in the third quarter of 2022 and are expected to enter service in the second quarter of 2023.[3]

Like the MultiLevel I and MultiLevel II fleet built by Bombardier, the MultiLevel III fleet will have a 2+2 seating arrangement. New features will include USB ports, infotainment system, LED lighting, powered lavatory doors, and CCTV.[4] Each power car is equipped with a single pantograph for AC current collection, two powered trucks with AC traction motors, and regenerative braking. One power car can haul up to two trailer cars.[2]

References

  1. 2017 Anual Report
  2. 2.0 2.1 Vantuono, William C. "For NJ Transit, another rolling stock innovation". Railway Age, 12 December 2018.
  3. NJ TRANSIT BOARD APPROVES PURCHASE OF NEW RAIL CARS. 12 December 2018. Press release. New Jersey Transit.
  4. New Jersey Transit Board Meeting Schedule.