New Jersey Transit's need to provide enough power to haul 10-car bilevel trains spurred the corporation Wednesday to approve a $72 million contract with Bombardier Transportation for nine ALP-46A electric engines. The order supplements NJT’s current fleet of 27 ALP-46 units, and will help replace 32 older ALP-44 engines ordered as early as 1990.
“It’s more cost-effective than rehabilitating the old ALP-44s and the first ALP-46A will be delivered by next year and the order filled by 2011,” said NJT Executive Director Richard Sarles.
NJT’s increasing use of Bombardier multilevel equipment on its three primary electric lines—the Northeast Corridor, North Jersey Coast Line and Morris & Essex Lines—has increased passenger capacity, but at times prompted the need for the company to use two electric engines to ensure prompt performance of 10-car trains.
The ALP-46A units are each rated to sufficiently power a 10-car consist; in addition, the ALP-46A units are expected to provide more rapid acceleration, reducing potential dwell time issues, particularly on the Northeast Corridor.