MTA’s modern subway cars rolling on the tracks this spring
Gothamist recently published a preview of the MTA’s newest subway cars. The MTA will debut the new cars starting this spring. Some of the new trains will have open gangways. However, the MTA expects to introduce the open gangway cars towards the end of 2023.
The accordion trains are in a pilot phase for now – only 24 cars out of 640 will feature open gangways. That represents only two whole trains.
The rest have bench seating similar to the newest train cars currently in the system. Those trains, known as R211s, have wider doors so passengers can board and exit more quickly. They also have dedicated space for wheelchair users, as well as built-in surveillance cameras.
The total order will cost $1.7 billion.
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