New Jersey Transit (NJT) unveiled the first of 231 new multi-level railcars Wednesday at Newark's Penn Station.
The railcar, manufactured by Bombardier Transportation, is one of seven prototype coaches, which will be tested by NJT in Pueblo, Colo.
In July, NJT's board of directors authorized the addition of 131 railcars to its initial 100-car order. The average cost per car is $1.9 million.
Each multi-level car offers 15% to 20% more seating capacity than single-level coaches.
Production cars, which will ultimately be used in revenue service, will only be mass-produced after extensive testing of the prototype advances.
Each car features state-of-the-art heating, cooling and ventilation systems, as well as high-tech automated public address systems and LED destination screens to keep passengers updated.
In addition, the multi-level cars feature external public address speakers, enabling conductors to make announcements to customers on the platform.
NJT expects to place the new railcars into revenue service in late 2006.