Bombardier MultiLevel Coach

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Multi-Level Coach
NJ Transit Multilevel 7014 on Train 6651.jpg
NJ Transit Multi-level coach at Millburn
AMT Seating.jpg
Interior of an Exo MultiLevel coach
In service2006-present
ManufacturerBombardier Transportation
Built atLa Pocatière, Quebec and Plattsburgh, New York
ReplacedAll remaining Comet I/II/IIIs cars except the Exo ones
All Comet IBs
All remaining MARC IIAs
Constructed2006-2009 (NJT base order)
2012-2013 (NJT series II)
2008-2011 (Exo)
2014 (MARC)
Entered service2006-2013 (NJT)
2009-2011 (Exo)
2014-2016 (MARC)
Number built643
Number in service643
Capacity127 (cab car)
132 (trailer car with restroom)
142 (standard trailer car)
Operator(s)NJ Transit, Exo, MARC
Car body constructionStainless steel
Car length85 ft (25.91 m)
Width10 ft 0 in (3.05 m)
Height14 ft 6 in (4.42 m)
Floor height4 ft 3 in (1.295 m)
DoorsPneumatically-operated doors
Maximum speed100 mph (160.93 km/h)
Weight139,250 lb (63,163 kg) (cab car)
134,880 lb (61,181 kg) (trailer car with restroom)
132,990 lb (60,323 kg) (standard trailer car)
Power supply480 V AC, 60 Hz, 3-phase
Braking system(s)Pneumatic Disc and Shoe
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge

The Bombardier MultiLevel Coach[1][2] is a bi-level passenger rail car manufactured by Bombardier for use on commuter rail lines. The first units were delivered in 2006 and deliveries (in various orders) continued to 2014.


There are 643 of these coaches in service as of 2015 on NJ Transit, Exo, and MARC. NJ Transit received 429 cars, including 62 cab cars, while Exo's predecessor, Agence métropolitaine de transport (AMT), received 160 cars, including 26 cab cars. AMT's initial order in 2007 was for 60 coaches, with options for a further 100, since fully exercised. The MARC order consists of 39 trailers and 15 cab cars.

The coaches have a two-by-two seating arrangement and more knee and leg room than single-level coaches. The seats are also bigger and it has 15-30% more seating than on single-level coaches. The intermediate levels have 5 inward-facing seats on each side which flip up for wheelchairs or bicycles. On cab cars, a large equipment locker behind the cab replaces one row of seats. There are single-width side doors at intermediate levels for high-platform loading, and similar doors outboard of the bogies except at the cab position on cab cars. The latter doors of NJ Transit coaches have stepwell trapdoors, allowing these doors to be used for both high and low-platform loading. Exo coaches have one-piece end doors without traps, which can be used only for low-platform loading. There are also an automated announcement system and LED destination screens.

MARC, which operates commuter rail service in the Baltimore–Washington Metropolitan Area, ordered 54 of the cars using the option from the latest NJ Transit order. These cars are classified on the MARC system as MARC IV. The MARC Multilevels were delivered in June–July 2014, with coaches in service shortly afterwards. The first cab cars were accepted for service as of September 2016.


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  1. ^ Bombardier. "Multilevel Coaches in the USA and Canada". Retrieved June 23, 2010.
  2. ^ Page 10

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