May 29, 2008

GO Transit refurbish commuter cars

As of May 28, 2008, Ontario Northland had successfully delivered 44 completely refurbished commuter cars to GO Transit. GO is satisfied with the quality of work and the ability to deliver on schedule.

The original contract called for the refurbishment of 71 cars, with an option on an additional 50 cars. This contract option, has been implemented. The total contract is worth $81 million.


craig said...

What's the reason for the unconventional seating arrangement on go trains ? - the pods of four seats, which ensure noone has any leg room.

Why not have them in a conventional layout in rows of two, so that people can put their feet under the seat in front ? I cannot fully bend one of my legs do to a childhood accident, so anything more than 10 minutes in a Go "four pod" is unbearable, unless I sit in the aisle and stick my leg out (which annoys other passengers trying to get through the over-crowded card) - Same goes for anyone who is a little taller than average.

Unless I'm lucky enough to get one of the few seats with legroom, (By the doors, and the two seats at the end of upper deck - which they seem to be phasing out) then I'm standing.

Is there a technical reason for this arrangement, or do the designers simply want adult strangers to intertwine our bodies ?!!! (No offense to anyone, but no thanks!)

Andy said...

Craig, Go Transit officials rather than the manufacture would determine the layout of the seating on the passenger coach. Usually it is done to make efficient use of space.

For instance, the TTC years ago noticed that people stood in groups, near the rear doors. To make more standing room they removed two of the passenger seats on the opposite side of the bus from the doors.

Commuter trains in New York had a seating arrangement of three seats on one side and two on the other side. Even though the passenger coach had people standing, the middle seat remained unfilled on the three seats side. They now they order coaches with two seats on each side of the aisle, rather than the three-and-two combination. Passenger behavior has a lot to do the arrangement of seats.

Have you ever been in communication with Go Transit about the seating arrangement?

craig said...

Perhaps, although I see a lot of empty space under the back-to-back seats where I and others (particularly those of us with longer than avg legs !!) would *love* to put our feet had the seats been arranged differently.

but maybe they can squeeze a couple extra seats in using this arrangement.

Your comments on other transit systems suggest there is a real reason, and that it's not just to torture guys like me with long legs !! - If only I'd have avoided eating veggies growing up !

I do know in rush hour it's very uncomfortable, and I've found myself altering my work schedule where possible to avoid the express trains so I can take an off-peak train with a shot at leg room.

No I've never contacted GO, I'm not sure who I'd contact on something like that, past experience with GO regarding other inquiries has only netted me a canned reponse, so I'm not hopeful about getting a serious answer on something like this, It's really just curiosity. - I'm just the little guy here and would expect them to tell me "Its none of my business, GO away" (and I guess they'd be right)

My complements on your website btw. I enjoy reading the articles and comments posted on here.

Andy said...

Craig... you can start here
and click on Customer comment form. They will reply.