New Jersey Transit to upgrade commuter rail fleet

David Madden
December 12, 2018 - 5:03 pm
NJ Transit

KYW Newsradio

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NEWARK, NJ (KYW Newsradio) -- New Jersey Transit will buy 113 new passenger rail cars to ease ongoing equipment concerns and replace cars that are, in some cases, more than 40-years-old. But it’ll take a while before those cars go into service.

These double-decker cars will be accommodating more riders, and they’ll be state of the art. Half of them will be able to make the electric connection on their own. No need for a locomotive.

“It’ll be the first time that a multi-level rail car will have that self-propulsion technology involved in it,” NJT spokesman Jim Smith told KYW Newsradio. “So that’s going to take time to develop that type of technology.

So don’t expect to see them in service for about four years at a cost of just under $700 million.

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But they’re working on issues that have caused equipment delays now, particularly in the northern part of the state.

Those should ease as federally mandated Positive Train Control is installed. Most of the hardware will be in place by the end of the month, with full implementation to come two years down the line.

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