TriMet Orders New MAX Trains
July 30, 2012, 11:48 pm
For the first time since September of 2009, TriMet
has ordered 18 new MAX trains. The "Type 5" trains cost about $4 Million each. They're designed and manufactured by Siemens
and are expected to be delivered in the summer of 2014, and on the road in 2015. The new trains are expected to last 40 years.
TriMet is asking riders for suggestions. Some of the more popular demands that are already being put into practice come in the form of a different air conditioning system. The previous system on the Type 4's received several complaints about being too cold all the time. The new system will be able to give more flexibility on intensity. The handicap ramps will also see improvement, in part because they will revert to the older, more popular ramps on the second and third generation MAX trains.
Another improvement will be in the form of seating. The new parlor style seating on the Type 4 Trains proved to be unpopular and a bit awkward for riders who face the opposite way of the doors. TriMet also says they'll seek a more efficient layout.