Media Day for the New Metro Cars
STM had a media day about the new tender for the metro cars to replace the MR63.
Since I do work for Alstom, I can only offer my personal opinion about the features of the cars.
Full gangway between the cars:
- This adds a lot of flexibility and spreads out the passengers
- Better chance of getting a seat.
- STM will have to operate the 9-car sets all the time though.
- I’ve been on the NS-93 in Chile (practically the same design as the MP-89 in Paris) that have them and I was impressed
- Bad idea. Montreal’s climate doesn’t justify the expense for only a few months of the year.
- What people forget is that air conditioning only moves heat around.
- The tunnels and the stations will be hotter – then people will demand air conditioning in the stations as well (big $)
- A better way to reduce the heat in the tunnels would be to have regenerative braking but this requires changes to the track power supply. It would save quite a bit of electricity though!
- From a maintenance point of view it is better because there will 25% less chance of a door on the train malfunctioning
- The doors will be wider than they are right now so that will compensate for their reduced number
- The doors all need to be equally spaced (including from one car to the next) this will allow the future addition of platform screen doors in the stations.
- As they say in the story, recycling of each door independantly if they are not closed will greatly improve the dwell time at the stations.
- I’m sure that the current trains are nowhere near the current standard for allowable noise levels. The newer trains need to be a lot quieter.
- This is a standard feature on metros today.
- It should increase the sense of security of the passengers
Door close warning
- I don’t think it adds that much – you just get an earlier warning (1 or 2 seconds) that the doors will close.
I can’t wait to start working on this tender when it finally is issued!