As the VLocity seating layout is 2x2, instead of the 2x3 seating provided in other V/Line saloon-type carriages, the VLocity is less suited to crush loads than older rolling stock. A single VLocity car seats around 70 passengers, compared to 89 in the previous generation Sprinter with its narrower 2x3 seats.
The Regional Fast Rail project for which the VLocitys were built was criticised for cost blow-outs during construction. These included the cost of installing extra safety measures deemed necessary for 160-km/h operation, which were added to the project after the Waterfall rail accident in New South Wales.
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