Thursday, June 11, 2009

Power needs spur NJ Transit’s order for ALP-46A engines

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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.

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“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.

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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.