Gold line...a success?? Aug 2, 2008 8:00:10 GMT -8
Post by Transit Coalition on Aug 2, 2008 8:00:10 GMT -8
As always, there are more issues you can't see. Ah, transit. Right now there is not car availability and if there was, there is a car storage issue. Yes, right now there are cars being broken in and sure you could add an additional car up to three. But, starting in March, the Gold Line East LA practice burn in cycle will start and the full line service is predicated on two car trains. With that said, the concern is that if you add an additional car now, you will have to remove it in less than a year making the trains crowded.
Now the other additional cars are needed for the Expo Line in Summer 2010. So, the next 50 cars are already allocated. Would you, as a fleet manager, add cars now only to need them later and take them away?
Now, the other issue is storage capacity. If you added the cars to the Gold Line and had more equipment, there is an issue of maxing out the Midway Yard. Already there are discussions of storing cars by extending the tail tracks along the 210 freeway, as storage is a serious issue right now.
So, what would your decision be as a fleet manager? You have to deal with an INSANE Metro political board, who can only understand things after the next disaster. The board has been warned about Light Rail fleet expansion and capacity needs. And Ansaldobreda has been put on notice that Metro will cancel the 100 car option, should they not get the new fleet working to specs quickly. I recall that maybe 6 cars have been accepted and are now running, but the factory must be more forthright in addressing tech issues.
Hopefully this will give you some insight on behind the scenes decision making and why the fleet is managed as it is. Solve the political problem out to Azusa and you have your storage. Many issues, with huge complications for each solution.