NEW Jersey Transit (NJT) has ordered 25 double-deck Multilevel III coaches from Alstom.

The deal is an option from a €670m contract for 113 coaches signed in December 2018 with Bombardier Transportation, which has since been acquired by Alstom. There are options for up to 886 coaches under this contract.

The additional 177km/h coaches are funded as part of the Portal North Bridge project, which will increase peak-hour peak-direction capacity. NJT says the new coaches will replace Arrow III single-deck stock introduced in 1977 and will operate on nine existing peak-hour trains. The new trains will also feature 2+2 seating rather than the three-person bench seats installed on the existing trains. Capacity is increased from 1380 seats on an Arrow III set to 1552 on a 12-car Multilevel III set.

The order comprises 17 double-deck trailer coaches, three coaches fitted with toilets and five with cabs. All are fully accessible and will be fitted with USB charging points and passenger information screens.

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