First Multilevel Trains Appear on Northeast Corridor

NEWARK, NJ — N.J. Transit’s first multilevel train debuted Dec. 11 on the Northeast Corridor, culminating four years of planning and design — including extensive input from customers — to offer riders a new level of comfort and convenience.

Following a ceremonial ribbon-cutting, Transportation Commissioner Kris Kolluri welcomed state and local officials, guests and commuters aboard the new multilevel train for an inaugural trip from Trenton Station to New York. The trainset, representing Northeast Corridor Train 3844, departed Trenton at 12 p.m. and made all local stops en route.

The fleet of 234 multilevel rail cars will enable N.J. Transit to meet and anticipate ridership demand on its busiest rail lines, while providing an unprecedented level of comfort for customers.

By this spring, Bombardier Transportation is expected to deliver to N.J. Transit 18 additional multilevel cars for service. Beginning next fall, multilevel trains will begin operating on the Morris & Essex and North Jersey Coast lines. The manufacturer is expected to deliver all 234 cars by the end of 2008.