Brightline announced this week that its new trains will feature custom “gap fillers” to bridge the space between the passenger car and the platform, making it easier for riders board and disembark.
The company said it is the first in the U.S. to utilize the retractable mechanisms, which will be part of train car door system.
According to Brightline: Before the passenger car’s doors open, “the custom gap filler will extend up to 12 inches from the train and pivot to meet the station platform, creating a flush surface for passengers to cross and making it easy for those in wheelchairs, pushing strollers or luggage to board.”
Brightline’s trains are being constructed by Siemens at their manufacturing facility in Sacramento, California.
“In order to make boarding our trains fast and easy for our all of our guests, we are using the latest technology available and have customized it to create a smart solution unique to our trains and stations,” said Gene Skoropowski, Brightline’s senior vice president of railroad operations. “In building our trains, we are innovating to make train travel easier and more comfortable for all of our guests. We are thrilled to be the first passenger train in the U.S. using this technology from Bode.”