Here’s one way to determine whether a bi-level passenger train will actually fit within the confines of existing infrastructure – run one down the track and see if it crashes into anything
On June 8, the first of New Jersey Transit’s planned fleet of 231 bilevel trains, which cost about $1.9 million each, slipped out on a midnight test run to New York.
Built taller and wider than traditional suburban commuter trains, the ‘double-decker’ had difficulty passing through one of the two tunnels heading into Pennsylvania Station, tearing down two signals as it chugged past the west end of track 5.
A spokesman for New Jersey Transit, Dan Stessel, said that the train that tore down the signals suffered only “minor cosmetic damages.’’
He said that no passengers were on board that night, and that the train’s engineer and its conductors were not injured.