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  1. Bosco

    R179 Discussion Thread

    The stay of execution for the R32s and R42s actually is more about the increase in fleet requirements rather than the delays in the R179 delivery. The order was placed in 2012, when ridership was on the rise but still not reaching the near record levels set immediately after World War II. Then there's the issue of the L train shutdown, which on its own requires more cars and they will likely keep levels close to that even after the shutdown, given the surge of ridership in Williamsburg. Again, the order was placed before Hurricane Sandy, so the MTA in their shortsightedness did not think of increasing the spare factor for any of these reasons. Spot on. Many of the delays aren't just caused by signal issues, but right-of-way issues as trains have to merge and divert at interlockings the same way they did in the '30s. If the fleet were so significant in the reliability of train service, why are lines such as the and some of the least reliable?
  2. Bosco

    R179 Discussion Thread

    The goal is to have ENY be 100% NTT well in time for the shutdown, so they will go to other lines. Which line they run on remains to be seen.
  3. Bosco

    R179 Discussion Thread

    There are several tests that have to be done, but I think the 30-day test is only for the pilot train.
  4. Bosco

    R188 Discussion Thread

    Wondering if that isn't a pilot for the R211 ads. That's basically how they will look.
  5. Bosco

    R188 Discussion Thread

    At least one R62A will remain at Corona for work service, no?
  6. Bosco

    M-9 Discussion

    For right now, no. That is exclusive to the M9s. It's weird, but at least it's clearer. It will take some getting used to. I'm also not a fan of the truck-in-reverse like door closing warning.
  7. Bosco

    R179 Discussion Thread

    Only involvement Kawasaki had on that was the trucks. Other than that, I'm not really familiar with the R156 so I can't say. From Dj Hammers himself: In any event, @Coney Island Av, what difference does it make where 3010-3019 are at this moment? They are MIA, and at least one unit got sent to Bombardier for modifications. That's it. They will come back when the modifications are made and NYCT finds them acceptable. That is where we are at, and have been at for a few months. It's one thing to want to keep score of which R179s are in-service, testing, OOS, etc. (although it is sort of redundant). But the rampant speculation is a waste of time and causes frustration on this group. And claiming someone as a source who never made the claim in question and has asked that he not be attributed to such claims is unprofessional. As Dj Hammers said, just because he mentioned something about a particular assignment doesn't mean it's true, and doesn't mean he himself is claiming it (he could've heard it from the grapevine). Please leave the baseless speculation and misattribution of quotes to Fox News, thank you.
  8. Bosco

    R179 Discussion Thread

    I think from the Facebook group, the R142s were towed on a flatbed railcar, not push-pulled because NYCT's cars are not true FRA-rated railcars, and therefore cannot be push-pulled. And they probably determined it is cheaper overall just to tow them on a tractor trailer. That is, of course, not considering the liability issue (which has come up with the M9 derailment and has thrown a huge wrench into an already late contract)...
  9. Bosco

    R179 Discussion Thread

    No clue. In addition to the gas/toll that the towing company charges (Silk Road), Port Authority charges a hefty fee for crossing the GWB. I'm not sure whether the MTA covers that cost, or Bombardier. Most, if not all, railcar facilities have a test track (including Kawasaki in Yonkers, although that test track is relatively small). All trains generally do some tests at the facility. The modifications are being done there because the MTA does not have the resources, so it's faster and easier to do it there. The (P) and programs that were spotted were spotted on MTA on existing cars. That has nothing to do with the issues 3010-3019 have. So everything you just said is either already true, or is just irrelevant. It's fine to discuss the status of trains and whatnot, but the amount of energy some people put into certain topics is mind boggling...
  10. Bosco

    R179 Discussion Thread

    While I agree the MTA should've done more 5-car sets (and ideally kept the original assignment of mostly 5-car sets), getting more cars out of something doesn't just happen. Even added option orders, as was the case with the R142A (technically R142S), PA5, and M8, have to go through extensive negotiations between the contractor and the customer. Plus, it's not like Bombardier has the resources to build any more trains as they are also way behind on other projects. On a side note, I did the math and at the current rate of one 4-car or 5-car set per week, the last 4-car set won't be delivered until sometime in February, and the last 5-car set until late June. I don't see how Bombardier will meet the goal of having all trains on property before the shutdown begins.
  11. Bosco

    M-9 Discussion

    9001-9008 are still undergoing repairs, and some of them have already gotten the new scheme. The derailment caused more damage than initially thought. The first three production cars from Nebraska (9015-9016, and 9017) are up there as well. I think that's only for towing purposes (the R160s could tow a R179 in theory).
  12. Bosco

    R179 Discussion Thread

    Had a feeling it was either that, or crew members wanting to troll fans again (like they did with the R160 two weeks ago).
  13. Bosco

    R179 Discussion Thread

    If this is still the case, I think the priority is the four-car sets as ENY needs to be 100% NTT before the shutdown begins. I don't see anything else stopping production of the five-car sets as they are mechanically and electrically the same, just with one extra B-car. Speaking of which, have 3010-3019 returned? If so, when can we expect them to enter service?
  14. Bosco

    M-9 Discussion

    9017 is being prepped for final assembly at Yonkers.
  15. Bosco

    R179 Discussion Thread

    The R142/As also never had provisions for CBTC, at least not initially. That's why the R142As needed the extensive rebuild to become R188s, and why the original TOD is only one screen. Yes, all future B-division cars will be 60 feet. The R211s will also be 60 feet.

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