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  1. I thought trains passed way too slowly around that switch. Perhaps a countdown timer would be more useful in letting operators know exactly when to proceed?
  2. Bosco

    M-9 Discussion

    The R211 has a pretty crazy delivery schedule though... I'm curious if anyone on here knows how many cars per month were delivered for both of those contracts? In addition, while this may have nothing to do with it, the American content on those contracts was more lax, so more components were made in Japan. With the R160 and R188, 100% of the production cars had to be built in the US.
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    M-9 Discussion

    This is good news and finally some progress with the M9/A. It looks as though the M9A is going ahead, with renderings and all. I'm just worried if Kawasaki gets it, since they will be working on this and the R211 at the same time. I'm hoping they don't bite off more than they can chew.
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    R179 Discussion Thread

    Except they have upgraded a few R46s to have brighter lights and stanchions. I agree it's a waste for those cars, but if the MTA is going to upgrade them for their last few years, they should at least do it right.
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    R179 Discussion Thread

    Same thing on the . Those signs are almost 30 years old and at the very least, the MTA should consider putting in new ones. The technology is relatively inexpensive these days, and the R46s have the necessary conduit. If they can put in new lights and stanchions, why not new signage?
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    R179 Discussion Thread

    It's long overdue, but not likely to happen for at least 10 years (and that's assuming Byford gets the money for his plan). Remember it's not a true swap since the (and ) uses 8-car R32 trains while the uses 10 cars. For every train swapped, an additional pair of R32s that would otherwise be a spare now sees revenue service. So there aren't enough cars to do a complete swap until the 10-car R179s arrive.
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    R179 Discussion Thread

    As ATH mentioned, that R68A set is just a loaner from the , same as the R68A during the PM rush. Also, the former Coney Island sets on the and are the "Cuomo" sets. Coney Island got in exchange a few 9200s and 9400s from Jamaica, so there's no swap (yet). service is atrocious (especially in the PM rush hour), but they're not cutting service. The has a decent (by MTA standards) spare factor, and being a part-time line, one set from Coney Island already goes on the in the evening, and now one for the . Capacity on the is hindered by poor scheduling and all the interlockings it has to go over--including 59 St and DeKalb, which are two of the worst. A friend of mine spotted 3154-3157 NIS at 145 St tonight. Not sure if there was another set attached to it.
  8. Bosco

    R179 Discussion Thread

    There haven't been any posts regarding numbering of the 5-car sets, nor confirmation of them. That said, 3010-3049 is likely still the same as before; I'm guessing the rest of them will be 3246-3325. The only other possibility for them would be to start numbering backwards (2930-3049), which isn't likely given the MTA's option not to number over the R110Bs in the first place.
  9. 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?
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Bosco

    R188 Discussion Thread

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

    R188 Discussion Thread

    At least one R62A will remain at Corona for work service, no?
  14. 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.
  15. 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.

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