Over the years, Caltrain staff and consultants have often opined that a high-capacity bi-level European EMU train would be incompatible with high-platform level boarding because:
European off-the-shelf bilevel EMUs are designed for boarding from low
platforms, and Caltrain needs something off-the-shelf.
- It would be impossible to provide ADA-compliant access for the disabled
Meanwhile, in Europe, the EMU they claim can't be procured already exists!
These images show Stadler's EMU for the Moscow Airport Express, built for level boarding at 51 inches above rail. It will enter service in the coming months and proves without any doubt that such a design is viable. You can take a look at the data sheet or check out the latest photos of this off-the-shelf European bi-level EMU train design.
So by all means, let's have this level boarding debate and consider Plan A, Plan B, or any other plan, but please, when briefing decision-makers who understandably don't know any better, let's keep it free of lies and disinformation.