The brand new NCTD automobiles can be constructed at Bombardier’s manufacturing web site in Thunder Bay, Canada.
Bombardier Transportation was awarded a contract by Oceanside, Calif.’s North County Transit District (NCTD) for 11 new commuter railcars for the COASTER service. With the acquisition of those railcars, NCTD will be capable to considerably improve service frequencies to 30-minute headways and start state of fine restore alternative of present legacy COASTER coaches and cab automobiles over the approaching years.
The bottom order, valued at roughly $43 million, consists of eight coaches and two cab automobiles to help the San Diego Affiliation of Governments (SANDAG) 2050 Revenue Constrained Regional Plan (Regional Plan) for elevated service ranges, in addition to a further cab automobile. NCTD additionally has the choice to buy as much as 27 further automobiles to help its ongoing state of fine restore wants.
NCTD presently operates a fleet of seven locomotives and 28 Bombardier BiLevel automobiles on the San Diego Subdivision to help COASTER operations from Oceanside to downtown San Diego. At present, COASTER rail service gives 22 frequently scheduled weekday journeys and eight weekend journeys. Headways between trains fluctuate from 45 to 60 minutes throughout peak durations and greater than three.5 hours throughout the non-peak interval.
With the addition of the growth tools, NCTD will be capable to implement considerably elevated frequencies that have been authorised for funding by the SANDAG board in September 2019. Peak interval frequencies can be elevated to 30-minute headways and non-peak interval frequencies can be elevated to 60-minute headways. This may lead to 42 trains per day, almost doubling present service.
The brand new automobiles can be constructed at Bombardier’s manufacturing web site in Thunder Bay, Canada. Deliveries are scheduled to happen within the fall of 2022. After testing and commissioning, the automobiles will start to enter service that winter.