Yes/no. Seating capacity is an obvious plus, and fleet-wide uniformity of seating units allows for lowered operating costs by putting together more precision-length trainsets. But dwell times with bi's take somewhat of a hit vs. flats.That’s excellent news. I would imagine using all bi-level coaches could substantially reduce overcrowding.
They're already making SEPTA's new push-pull coaches.I wonder if CRRC will make them. They would LOVE to get the business!!
They're already making SEPTA's new push-pull coaches.
However, CRRC's bi-levels are a different design than the T's Kawasaki bi-levels and Rotem clones. Maintenance and trainlining commonality is important, so first preference is going to be for somebody not-named-Rotem who can do another K-car clone. Or, if it has to be a differing make, something in very widespread use at other agencies like a Bombardier MLV to help keep maint costs over lifespan down.
CRRC isn't necessarily going to be favored here even if they try to undercut the whole market with a low bid.