ISRAEL: National railway ISR has reconfigured three of its Bombardier Transportation double-deck coaches with a revised interior layout designed to provide a 20% increase in capacity per vehicle

In order to accommodate more standing passengers, the seats and tables have been removed from the lower deck and replaced with the same number of longitudinal folding seats, along with grab rails and hanging handles. The upper deck remains unchanged.

The three pilot coaches re-entered service on July 21, operating on the suburban route through Tel Aviv between Binyamina and Rehovot where studies have found the average journey time is 30 min. Passenger feedback is being sought, and if the conversion is deemed successful then more cars could be converted.

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