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SEPTA Considers Double-Decker Trains

The transit authority thinks adding the double-decker cars could solve some of its capacity woes.

(Patch file photo)
(Patch file photo)
SEPTA may add double-decker train cars to its line-up.

The transit authority thinks adding the double-decker cars could solve some of its capacity woes, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported. Regional rail ridership has increased by 50 percent over the past 15 years, the Inquirer said.

One obvious concern: Will extra-tall trains fit on SEPTA's current lines? The Inquirer says SEPTA is undertaking a clearance study to see if the double-decker cars would fit.

The cars would cost more than the traditional cars currently found on SEPTA's lines -- up to $3 million, compared with about $2.3 million for the current cars, the Inquirer said.
Mike January 31, 2014 at 12:36 AM
I used to ride Septa everyday up until about 7 years ago. I've noticed over the years the parking lots at the Hatboro station had overflowed into the streets. But I didn't get a true feel for the capacity issues until I had to take the train during morning rush hour a few weeks ago. It was insane. It was worse than a NY subway. I basically had a woman sitting on top of me and a guy standing between my legs without so much as an 'excuse me'. And from the blank expressions on these people's faces, this is normal...
Gina TB February 01, 2014 at 12:36 AM
The double decker trains work great in Europe and i think they have them in NJ too.

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