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  1. Huh. I'm not 100% sure how to interpret this statement: "Virtual OMNY Card will not be deployed. Similar functionality is accessible in commercial digital wallets." At first glance, I took it to mean that you'll no longer be able to put an OMNY card in your Apple Wallet or Google Pay wallet. That they'd rely solely on the "Time Based Linked products" instead. But another interpretation is that they've ditched some relatively proprietary solution they were working on (perhaps as a part of the OMNY app), in favor of the more-standardized transit pass solutions offered by Apple and Google for their digital wallet products.
  2. There's nothing stopping it but stubborn New York "exceptionalism". I've heard excuses about platform height or tunnel width, but they make no sense. There is always a way to design any style of door to meet any tunnel width or platform height. The outer shape of the car and/or door might change slightly, but it can be done. The other advantage of those newer, better door types is that overall wall thickness can be reduced, providing more space inside the car. It's a no-brainer of you ask me, just like open gangways. Which means maybe the MTA might wise up in another half-century, if we're lucky.
  3. This is one of my biggest gripes with US metro trains. Across the country, each new generation of rolling stock seems to have smaller and smaller windows, and they were never very large to begin with. NYC subway trains now have perhaps the fewest and smallest windows of any metro trains in the world. It makes the trains feel far darker and more enclosed than necessary. It's depressing.
  4. Can we keep this on topic, please? This is the R262 thread.
  5. And it's easier to get away from the source of the stink. Most major cities have open gangways already. People love them. No one ever talks about going back to separated cars. Not ever. New York doesn't have a monopoly on stinky people, either. (Have you been to France?) I truly don't understand the smell argument. It's ignoring the lived experience of millions of people throughout the rest of the world.
  6. Platform screen doors work best on newer lines with straight, level platforms. NYC's newest stations are built this way, but the older ones definitely are not. Also, obviously, PSDs require that all trains on the line have the same exact door alignment.
  7. It's not like all doors on a platform are mechanically linked. If one door fails to open, you use the next one, just like with the train doors. Also, the way most PSDs work, every door — and every panel between the doors — is an emergency exit door with a crash bar. You can always get out from the track/train to the platform no matter what.
  8. Can we pin this thread? This is obviously a major ongoing topic and will be for several years.
  9. Why are people so concerned about signals on this line? If it's going to be simplified to basically just two tracks, each with one train going back and forth, with no chance of any trains ever even sharing any track in normal operation, (unless I have the proposal wildly wrong?!)) what exactly is the benefit of CBTC or UWB? I mean this line barely needs any signals at all. It should absolutely be automated, but advanced (read: expensive) signal tech seems completely unnecessary.
  10. OK, sorry. I looked back quite a bit and couldn't find that. Thanks.
  11. The R211 are a good starting point in terms of wider doors and more digital signs inside. So start with that. Hi-res, full-color LED signs on exterior. This kind of tech (same as Times Square jumbo-trons) is actually pretty good and cheap now. No reason not to use it. LCDs aren't bright enough for exterior use. Exterior side displays mounted above or next to windows, instead of blocking the upper half of a window. Exterior-mounted sliding doors (Like JFK AirTrain, London Tube, etc.) allowing more interior space and much larger windows. Inside, keep the LED-based ceiling/end displays, but LCD strip maps (so much more useful info you can display) and LCD system maps, updated in real time to show both planned and unplanned service changes. Stainless steel inside and out. Clean and sleek. (None of this tacky blue outside and garish yellow inside.) Open gangways.
  12. No. It will work exactly like a single-ride Metrocard. You just tap your phone (or smartwatch, or contactless credit/debit card) instead of swiping.
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