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Metra Electric District New Highliner EMU Gray Line Prototype

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Prototype Model of Metra Electric District Nippon-Sharyo New Highliner EMU's Modified for a Rapid-Transit (CTA 'L') type of Service -- For the CTA Gray Line.

This is a Prototype Model of one of the new Nippon-Sharyo Metra Electric District "New Highliner" EMU's Modified for use in a Rapid-Transit type operation.   For economic reasons, half of the new MED EMU's will NOT be equipped with Washrooms.

Thusly -- the vacated Washroom bays around all four quadrants of the Center Doors (and End Doors - ala' NICTD's  cars) could be equipped with Stanchions and Grab bars to accomodate Standing Passengers and Crowds -- Also to be utilized as a Staging Area for fast Boarding and Alighting of Passengers to significantly reduce Station Dwell Time in a Rapid-Transit type operation. 

These modified Gallery "'L'" cars would be used only on the in-city Gray Line services, allowing the University Park Metra Suburban Trains to have a washroom in E V E R Y car -- instead of just "SOME" cars on each Metra Electric Suburban Train.

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Cars with these modfications would cost MUCH LESS for Nippon-Sharyo to Construct -- And for Metra to Operate in Service.

+ About 50 less seats per each car to pay the Cost for -- And their weight to have to carry.

+ Non-Reversible Seats -- Less Wear, Tear, and Maintenance in an Urban Operating Environment.

+ No Traps (Ground-level Steps) -- Service Rd. access is available at all Gray Line service points for Emergencies, and there are all Floor-level Platforms in Service. Eliminating Traps results in a MUCH simpler and less costly Frame construction (Example: No Center-Post in Center Doors like on MED EMU's -- compared to NICTD's full-width Center Doors).

+ No Interior Vestibule Doors -- Less Weight, Cost, and Maintenance; and much better and more even Rider distribution.  

+ Easier and Cheaper full-length Frame construction -- Rather than the complicated Frames (broken at the Traps) required to meet and maintain Longitudinal FRA Class I Railroad Frame Buffer Strength Standards.

+ Deletion of the above Features significantly reduces the overall car weight, resulting in less Power Consumption - And Wear and Tear on Motors, Brakes, Bearings, etc., etc...; As well as each car's impact upon the Tracks.

+ With the internal Train Doors between coupled cars retracted (and a Safety Panel extended between cars like the original 1926 I.C. cars) -- A clear internal passage would be maintained throughout the length of the train, vastly improving crowd control and distribution, especially during Peak Hours (called "Dragon Train").

Center Doors with CTA and Metra Logos

Stanchions and Hand Grips - Center Door Staging Area for Standing Passengers and Crowds

Stanchions and Hand Grips - End Door Staging Area (like NICTD's EMUs)

New MED Highliner II (note Trap breaking Frame at Center Door)

New NICTD Bi-Levels (note no Trap breaking Frame at Center Doors)

Metra Electric District New Highliner EMU Interior

Highliner Model from Above - Notice Passenger Staging Areas at Center and End Doors -- And Red Striping to delineate Signed Walkways to be Kept Clear.

Metra Electric District New Highliner III EMU Prototype Model.

New Toronto Rocket Subway Train.

New Toronto Rockets have a Dragon Train type interior

Original 1926 I.C.R.R. Rapid-Transit type Suburban Cars.

Dragon Train type Subway operation in SE Asia.