This week, New York City’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced an order of 10 experimental “open gangway” trains that contain a single long, continuous passage.
It’s a minuscule order—10 cars represents only about 1% of the MTA’s larger, $2.9 billion campaign to replace 940 of some 1970s-era cars (and that’s out of more than 6,000 cars system-wide). But careful consideration seems to have gone into the decision, and it shows us what subways could look like within a few decades—not just in terms of the gangways. Even if you don’t notice it, the way people ride the train is changing.
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