I can think of at least one place where it would be good to adjust the air cushions under the train - Charles MGH where the RL vehicles never seem to meet the platform just right.?????
Orange/Red/Blue are all level-boarding. They don't need to "kneel" like a bus. That's not a thing we'd ever need here.
Charles has a farcially 'lumpy' platform that only got a superficial top-coat resurfacing during the early-2000's station reno. Other than the 1988 platform extensions for 6-car trains that's still all-original 1932 platform decking being stretched egregiously past end-of-life. There's no vehicle-side fix for that; it isn't even level from one single car's pair of end doors in some cases. The only way that's going to get better is if they strip the flooring down to the girders and re-deck the whole thing from scratch, which is probably going to entail some service disruptions in order to do right.I can think of at least one place where it would be good to adjust the air cushions under the train - Charles MGH where the RL vehicles never seem to meet the platform just right.
That's an auto- bridge plate, not "kneeling". Completely different thing from what the post-appended video shows. None of our platforms vary enough by laser leveling to swing outside the ADA/MAAB bounds for level boarding, therefore we'd never ever in a million years need to buy vehicles equipped with such a precision-adjustment feature. Maybe Chicago's platforms have a half-inch variance or something on different lines where their cars will run and do actually need that feature (I have no idea!), but we don't. The only times an HRT car ever goes out-of-level with the platform here is when the underfloor air ballast springs a leak and it needs to go out-of-service for a shop trip, a fault scenario the Jetsons Shit auto-leveler isn't going to fix.The new trains here DO have extenders that come out when the doors are opened.This helps to assist passengers as they board the trains or are getting off. I think they help keep people from getting their feet stuck between the trains & the platforms.
New York MTA's R179s come to mind. Years late, numerous teething problems, pulled en masse from service at least twice last year alone (forcing them to run 1964-built R32s in their place...again). The 01400 series' problems are annoying, and not helped by the T's hyping them as if they're perfect instead of right in that period when you'd expect issues to show up that only crop up after they've been in service for a while. I'd prefer they be in service and pulled if necessary rather than have every new vehicle have to run, empty, for a couple of years worth of miles just so they don't get pulled after EIS.It's not an outrage-a-thon, as you would call it, and you know it. It's a fact. No other transit agency that I know of is having this much trouble with new equipment. It is beyond me. What I'm trying to say IS true.
Your fandom is starting to come off as obsessive. You seem to have all the answers, yet your opinion (much like mine) isn't going beyond this internet forum. Try contacting the MBTA directly, using the same words/tone used here, and see how that goes.They're flying, alright. Flying to the next problem for another excuse to be yanked off the line again!! This is crazy! Instead of rushing the trains into service right away, they should test them more to assure that they at least ARE safe to operate. It's just not fair. All those problems should've came up during TESTING, not during service! This system is so backwards. They really need to test these trains more, but that's not they're way. Screw your heads on right & get with the program.
In the meantime, ridiculous money & labor is being spent keeping the old cars tuned up to stay in service, when they should be planning to retire them. Tell me if this makes any sense. At least to me, it doesn't.
I agree it doesn't feel very nice. A good bit of that is on the MBTA and the state for how long it took to procure the new vehicles at all. (The #12 Orange Line cars were all 30+ years old, without a rebuild, by the time the new cars were even ordered.) That said, multiple posters have pointed out that other systems have had significant issues with equipment entry-into-service as well, including the New York subway R179s I mentioned before which were also withdrawn from service multiple times after issues were discovered.Tell me something; How would YOU feel waiting for years & years, I mean, we're talking decades here, waiting for new trains to be tested here, & finally, they are introduced into service. Everything seems to be going fine, then they are taken out of service because of a problem, come back for about a month, but are gone again because of a different problem, come back in service for another month, but are gone again. In the meantime, other cities get new trains and they seem to be fine. But the ones in Boston aren't on the line yet because they keep on being plagued with problems. But we're still riding decades-old equipment that has been in service since Your children were born 45 years ago. How would you feel? Not very proud, I bet.
The newest hawtness is always a rustbucket compared to hypothetical multiple-decades-future replacement product. If anything, you should be extremely upset that the over-long teething has made the 01500's purchase in 2050 slip another year from delayed obsolescence.you've spent 40 years patiently waiting for new red/orangeline cars?!? take up a musical instrument or learn a language or something -- that's no way to waste four decades.