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About Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Commuter Bi-Level

Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Commuter Bi-Level Coach Details

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 MASSACHUSETTS BAY TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY  COMMUTER  BI- LEVEL BOSTON, USA





THE Massachusetts Bay Transportatio Authority HAS RECEIVED 107 KAWASAKI CARS SINCE 1991.

And according to Anna Barry, they're the most popular cars on the line. The system has doubled its ridership in the last 10 years - Kawasaki bi-level cars have helped to alleviate a serious capacity problem. "For us," Barry says, "they're the workhorse of the system . . . people clamor for them." To the riders, the cars are more than hardworking - they're extremely comfortable. The ride is smooth, seats are wide, and tables between center seats allow commuters to work en route. The car's quality has resulted in low maintenance and infrequent breakdowns, increasing the MBTA line's efficiency and keeping customers moving. Overall, the Kawasaki bi-levels have been a huge success for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. "The capacity is number one, the appearance is very popular and the functionality is very high," Barry says. "It's a very well-riding car."

 KEY FEATURES OF THE Massachusetts Bay Transportation  Authority BI-LEVELS INCLUDE


Seating capacity of 175 and 185 on two car types

Rows of two-wide and three-wide seats, plus folding seats for           wheelchair   access

Tables between center seats for working

Bright lighting

Innovative air suspension system ensures smooth ride

Low maintenance increases the line's efficiency

 

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 Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority COMMUTER  BI-LEVEL
 
ALL STAINLESS STEEL
COACH

(with driver's side cab) (CTC)
ALL STAINLESS STEEL
COACH

(BTC)

TYPE
Series 1700
Series 700
CAR NUMBERS
1700-1724
700-781
GAUGE
4' 8.5"(1,435 mm)
ELECTRIC SYSTEM
3 phase 480 VAC HEP supplied from locomotive
SEATING PASSENGER CAPACITY
175
182
EMPTY WEIGHT
130,954 lbs.
(59,400 kg)
125,883 lbs.
(57,100 kg)
CAR LENGTH
85' 4"(26,010 mm)
CAR WIDTH
10'  (3,048 mm)
CAR HEIGHT
15' 6" (4,730 mm)
CENTER DISTANCE (between trucks)
62' 6" (19,050 mm)
TRUCKS TYPE
Lightweight welded frame. Radius arm primary suspension with coil springs. Air spring secondary suspension
WHEELBASE
8' 6" (2,591 mm)
COUPLER  
AAR Type-H
MAXIMUM OPERATING SPEED  
88 mph (140 km/h)
DECELERATION NORMAL
2.9 km/h/s
EMERGENCY
3.4 km/h/s
BRAKE SYSTEM  
Electro-magnetic straight air brake with variable load actuator. Unit type tread break and disc brake.
AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEM  
Roof-mounted units.