Proposals are due in August and Metra says it hopes to finalise a deal by the end of the year. The order will include options for up to 200 additional vehicles if funding is available.\r\n\r\nSeating capacity will be a major factor, as yard space and platform length restrict train length, Metra says. The design of the seats, aisles, stairwells and doors will also need to create the most efficient passenger flow possible.\r\n\r\nThe seats must have armrests and cup holders, and manufacturers can propose features such as USB ports, footrests, tray tables and heated floors.\r\n\r\nThe coaches also must be equipped with racks for two to five bicycles, CCTV and LED lighting. Onboard Wi-Fi is optional, but the proposal must include the possibility of adding it later.\r\n\r\nMetra is also considering low-floor vehicles with stepless entry for passengers with limited mobility, as well as side-loading door configurations to facilitate rapid boarding and alighting.\r\n\r\n\u201cWe are excited to open this procurement up and explore all the alternative designs that may be proposed,\u201d says Metra CEO and executive director, Mr Jim Derwinski. \u201cSafety, reliability and an improved, modern passenger experience will be important aspects to Metra in this procurement.\u201d\r\n\r\nFor detailed information on rolling stock tenders orders around the world, subscribe to IRJ Pro.