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MTA NYC Transit Takes Delivery of Final Set of New Subway Cars


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The final units of the 1,662-car order of brand new R160 subway cars have been delivered to MTA New York City Transit and are in service. Like the preceding orders of new technology cars, the R160s have brightly-lit interiors, crystal-clear digitized voice announcements, advanced heating-ventilation and air conditioning systems (HVAC) and a smooth air-cushioned ride.

 

The gleaming new-technology cars were unloaded from flatbed trucks in May and rolled into the system at the 207th Street Maintenance Facility. They were paced into service along the lettered lines less than a month later.

 

The cars were built as a joint venture by Alstom and Kawasaki, and funded in the MTA's 2005-2009 Capital Program with monies provided by the Federal Transit Administration. Deliveries of the cars began nearly five years ago and since then, the fleet has earned a reputation for high reliability, recently operating an average of more than 370,000 miles between mechanical failures.

 

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Deliveries of the cars began nearly five years ago and since then, the fleet has earned a reputation for high reliability, recently operating an average of more than 370,000 miles between mechanical failures.

 

I doubt the Jamaica ones gets that high.

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So thats it? no more new 160's the contact is finished?

 

Yep, whats odd is that the last car was delivered a month or two ago. Now we have to wait and see if the R197s happen since there is still no money for new cars.

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Yep, whats odd is that the last car was delivered a month or two ago. Now we have to wait and see if the R197s happen since there is still no money for new cars.

 

Actually, the R179s are supposedly under way then the next R number is supposedly R211. On the IRT, the R188s will total only 23 cars.

 

1,662 R160s + 290 R179s + 50 Option R179s would give the BMT/IND 2,002 new subway cars.

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Actually, the R179s are supposedly under way then the next R number is supposedly R211. On the IRT, the R188s will total only 23 cars.

 

1,662 R160s + 290 R179s + 50 Option R179s would give the BMT/IND 2,002 new subway cars.

 

Only a notice of bid went out. This by no means that they will happen, it's only that the MTA is looking into how much it will cost.

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One thing about the R-179s is that there is already a design in place for them (the R-160) since they will be nearly identical. That saves some money. The next order (R-211 whatever it ends up being) is another story since it is still a lot of uncertainty about how they will be designed. For starters, the 75 vs 60 ft debate is still on.

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One thing about the R-179s is that there is already a design in place for them (the R-160) since they will be nearly identical. That saves some money. The next order (R-211 whatever it ends up being) is another story since it is still a lot of uncertainty about how they will be designed. For starters, the 75 vs 60 ft debate is still on.

It's like 160 Option III has been renumbered 179, and the original 179 was renumbered 211.

I don't know why they didn't just stick with the original plan, because an Option III we would probably get sooner.

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Still a lot of old rolling stock out there, and the next order will prolly come in around 2013/2014.

 

I say stick with the 60 foot cars, 75 foot cars have too many limitations and are really not needed aside from maybe the height of peak hours.

 

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Probably because there never was an option 3...
There was a lot of talk about one awhile ago. (Or was that just our own speculation? Sometimes, it's hard to tell).
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