New Subway Car Designs Revealed As Bids Begin On R Train Revamp

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New MTA photo shows a clean 53rd Street station in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. (Courtesy: MTA Renderings)

By Elizabeth Elizalde

The R line is moving closer to getting a much-needed makeover.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the Metropolitan Transit Authority revealed Monday at the New York Transit Museum in Brooklyn new designs for large subway cars, including wider doors, USB chargers, WiFi service, security cameras, and the renovation of 31 subway stations, as he moves along with the ambitious transit plan.

The first three stations slated for construction will be R line service in Prospect Avenue, 53rd Street, and Bay Ridge Avenue, which passes through Sunset Park and Park Slope in Brooklyn, according to the MTA.

Commuters along the C line would also be disproportionately affected, as would Classon Avenue and Flushing Avenue G line stations, the Park Slope Stoop previously reported.

Plans for new subways cars were released in January, but bidding for those stations begins this week, while bids for other stations open in the next 12 months, the MTA says, and closings should no longer exceed more than six months.

“New York deserves a world-class transportation network, worthy of its role as the heartbeat of the 21st-century economy,” Cuomo said. “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.”

As New York competes with other transit systems in London, Toronto, and Paris, the MTA anticipates buying 750 out of 1,025 new subway cars that will feature an “Open Car End” design to reduce wait time and overcrowding.

Car doors will expand from its current standard of 50 inches to 58 inches to allow smoother passenger entrances and exits.

Other MTA features show the exterior of the new subway cars coated with a vibrant blue front, large windows, LED headlights, and a blue stripe with gold along the sides.

“The Governor gave the MTA a mandate to implement new, world-class designs as quickly as possible for all new subway cars and that’s what you’re seeing today – innovation making the lives and commutes of all New Yorkers easier,” MTA Chairman and CEO Thomas F. Prendergast said.

Check below for the MTA’s rendering of different subway stations and to learn more about the City’s transit program click here.

(Courtesy: MTA Renderings)

(Courtesy: MTA Renderings)

(Courtesy: MTA Renderings)

(Courtesy: MTA Renderings)

(Courtesy: MTA Renderings)

(Courtesy: MTA Renderings)

  • Sean F

    1) USB chargers on train cars should be installed near the center of each car, not by the doors. It is already difficult enough entering and exiting without having to dodge USB hogs, or those waiting to jump in for a charge when a port opens. (But, really? Would you trust you device to the intermittent power of a subway line? They can’t even keep the lights and AC running 100% of the time. A powersurge would destroy a phone.)

    2) So three stations get fixed to look like the ones in the photo, and the others stay filthy and decrepit until they get around to them? And the other stations might get renovated by a different company, so they may not turn out the same as the first set? Sounds like the R stations are going to be a hodge-podge.

    P.S. I love the proposed look of the new 23rd Street F & M station. I just hope that when they renovate, they figure out how to eliminate the constant sewage/old fish stench at that station.

  • 1ifbyrain2ifbytrain

    how about more trains more often? everything else is window dressing and those bench style seats are awful.