BY ARIEL HERNANDEZ
As part of his $27 billion five-year MTA Capital Program to renew and expand the New York City Metropolitan Transit Authority network, Gov. Andrew Cuomo unveiled the design features of 1,025 new and reimagined subway cars, which will include enhancements to the regular cars, in addition to the creation of up to 750 “Open Car End” designed-cars.
“New York deserves a world-class transportation network, worthy of its role as the heartbeat of the 21st century economy,” Cuomo said at the unveiling at the Transit Museum in Brooklyn. “The MTA design team developed a bold and visionary reimagining of the quintessential commuter experience, incorporating best practices from global transit systems, and focusing on our core mission to renew, enhance and expand. We are going to do more than renovate – we are bringing subway stations to a higher standard than ever before, and the new vision for subway cars will increase capacity and reduce overcrowding and delays. I congratulate the MTA for thinking creatively and working with the kind of passion and urgency it takes to move this state forward.”
The purpose of the Open Car End Design investment is to reduce wait times and increase capacity. These 750 cars will replace the door between cars with an accordion-like connector, which is much like the articulated buses used on Select Bus Service routes, to create more space for an increasing capacity of passengers. In addition to the connectors, the car doors will increase from what is now 50 inches in width to 58 inches, allowing customers to enter and exit more quickly.
Open Car End subways have become increasingly popular in other places in the world such as London, Paris and Toronto.
The exterior design of the cars consists of a blue front, large windows, LED headlights and a blue stripe with gold accents on the sides.
Not only did Cuomo unveil the new design of MTA subway cars, but he also announced his initiative to create new and improved subway station designs in stations throughout the city.
The design elements will include enhanced lighting, improved signage for customers to navigate through stations easily, digital updates on subway entrances and more. Subway stations will also include amenities such as countdown clocks, improved cellular connectivity, WiFi, USB chargers, digital advertisements, security cameras and more.
Overall, New York City has a total of 469 subway stations, 422 of those stations are counted by the MTA. However, this project will only target 31 of the 32 station complexes, which are sets of two or more stations that are connected with a passageway inside fare control and stations that serve two or more lines. Those include stations like 74th Street/Broadway-Roosevelt Avenue in Jackson Heights, Court Square, Jamaica Center- Parsons Archer.
“Governor Cuomo knows it’s time for the MTA to embrace the technology New Yorkers use every day,” said Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows). “The Parsons Boulevard station renovation will include LED lights, charging stations for cellphones, WiFi, and digital updates on train time; the new subway cars will have USB charging ports, digital information displays and wider doors that will allow busy commuters to get on and off the trains faster.”
The first contract is projected to begin this fall, with station closures limited to a six-month period. Requests for Proposals will begin this week, highlighting the timeline of the design and production, along with the effectiveness.
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