When will those trains arrive? No, not when theyre set to arrive, but when will they actually arrive?See above for why stairs are an even less plausible idea, but... what is the actual goal here? If it's "run more Keystone service," the currently in RFP Amfleet 3 order will provide exactly that, with longer, cheaper to operate trains (this is critical since service will run through the tph limited north river tunnels).
It seems wasteful to throw away trains that can still chug along before the fleet actually has expanded.
It reminds me of when Amtrak California bought retired 40-year old NJT Comet Cars to provide service in the Central Valley.
They've been parked for years!
They're high floor!
The new fleet is just 2 years away!
What a boondoggle!
Those bad boys will have completed 10 years of service before the fleet replacement that was supposed to arrive in 2015 actually shows up.
Whoever signed off on the Comet purchase didn't get bogged down by "we can't do this because" logic. That purchase allowed service to be increased immediately, and 2 round trips were added. That's a real material benefit to people who rely on transit to get around.