So why a post regarding Oregon in a Seattle Blog? A lot of us here have been curious to see what the new DMU would look like and most importantly, it’s features. These vehicles would be one of 3 vehicles selected for service on the Eastside Rail Corridor. It’s time on WES will prove that they are truly worthy of their cost with other start-up agencies looking at ways to save fuel but also haul a number of passengers. Colorado Railcar offers the Aero model that Tri-Rail has received and a Double Decker version that seats 40 more people than our own Sounder equipment. That alone is savings by using less coaches, less coaches = less fuel to get up to track speed, etc.
The bigger question is since they are still rather unproven in the United States, would other agencies besides Tri-Rail in Florida and Tri-Met in Oregon see a use for them? Portland as usual, will look hard at these and there is discussion to go as far as Salem in the future.
Some features that WES will have –
High Speed Wireless Internet
Space for 4 bikes per train (2 per car)
27 minute, 60mph run from Wilsonville to Beaverton – A Direct Connection to MAX
Real-Time Arrival via MyBus.
The entire line was revamped starting last year with new concrete ties, welded rail, new gated crossings and is slated to open this Fall.
- Seats: 74 (engine car); 80 (trailer)
- Mobility device spaces: 2
- Bike spaces: 2
- Average speed: 37 mph
- Top speed: 60 mph
- Travel time (Wilsonville-Beaverton): 27 minutes
- Service frequency: Every 30 minutes during rush hour
- Personnel: 1 engineer and 1 conductor