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Metra seeks commuter coach proposals

USA: Chicago commuter operator Metra has issued a request for proposals for the supply of at least 200 double-deck coaches, with options for up to 200 more if funding is available. The operator has said it will accept alternatives to the gallery cars that have been used on its routes for nearly 70 years.

Requirements include CCTV, LED lighting, racks for two to five bicycles and seats with arm rests and cup holders. Manufacturers have the option of proposing features such as USB ports, foot rests, tray tables and heated floors. There should be provision for wi-fi, either from new or for retrofitting at a later date.

Proposals should be submitted in August, and Metra hopes to finalise a deal by the end of the year. Important factors in evaluating the proposals will include seating capacity and the most efficient passenger flow within the vehicles.

‘We are excited to open this procurement up and explore all the alternative designs that may be proposed’, said Metra CEO Jim Derwinski on March 20. ‘Safety, reliability and an improved, modern passenger experience will be important aspects to Metra in this procurement.’

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