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SMART's Train Design Fails Critical Passenger Seating Safety Test

The failure of a passenger seating test last week will not delay the roll-out of the new car design.

SMART's new train design has failed to meet a passenger seating safety test last week, prompting a redesign of the passenger seating.

The redesign, however, will not affect the rollout of the new car design, according to a story in the Petaluma Argus Courier, set by the end of 2013.

Lisa Cobb, SMART's vehicle and systems manager, told the Argus Courier that the results of the safety test are surprising, but that the safety issues can be expected during the roll-out of a new car design. 

The new trains, dubbed diesel multiple units, are slope-nosed, self-propelled by diesel engines and run in pairs. Cobb said the seats are the last thing to go on the cars, and doesn't anticipate any delays in the rolling out of the new cars.

The new cars are part of SMART's plan to create a passenger train line from Santa Rosa to downtown San Rafael, set to be complete in late 2014 or early 2015. Longer-range plans include service south to Larkspur and north to Cloverdale.

Take a look at the full story here.

Kerry Price February 23, 2013 at 03:16 AM
Juy ARnold, Chair of SMART is silent when the trees were cut down by the trailer park. What about the double tracks there? The poor are easy prey and Judy is allowing them to be railroaded. Pardon the pun. Very very sad not protecting the poor.
Kevin Moore February 23, 2013 at 05:26 PM
All of Marin is getting railroaded. This project will cost twice what we were told, the 1/4 sales tax is insufficient to fund the project, SMART won't significantly reduce traffic on 101 as we were told was the purpose. This is a developers amenity to sell infill housing in an area with little job growth.
Kevin Moore February 23, 2013 at 05:30 PM
Overall, failing the test isn't such a big deal, unless the SMART custom land yacht design is the root of the problem. These seats are being supplied by the largest supplier of train and bus seats, Kustom Seating, so why did an experienced vendor fail to deliver a product that would pass the tests? A link to the test results would be nice.

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