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New subway train prototype up but hidden at Hudson Yards station


subway6n-3-web.jpg               The MTA created a mock-up of a new subway car with an open gangway design and no doors between cars.  (DAN RIVOLI/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)
Updated: Tuesday, September 5, 2017, 6:50 PM

The future of the MTA’s subway fleet is hiding in plain sight at a Manhattan station.

Tucked away in Midtown, the MTA has a prototype of the newest train model — complete with open-ended cars and stamped with the state seal.


Exclusive Daily News photos show one full train car and one that’s been dissected stashed behind a blue construction wall on the mezzanine of the No. 7 line’s W. 34th St.-Hudson Yards station.


A source told The News the pictures show prototypes of the R211 model that will feature an open-gangway design — with accordion-like rubber connecting the cars instead of doors. The new train cars will have digital screens to give riders information specific to their location, such as when they’ll arrive at the next stop and the station’s layout, according to the MTA. Outside, the cars bear the New York State seal and a distinctive sash of blue and yellow stripes.


The cars are branded with the same color scheme as new bus models that are equipped with WiFi and USB ports.


Metropolitan Transportation Authority spokesman Shams Tarek said riders will be able to check out the prototype at station, but he didn’t say when the construction shed will come down.


subway6n-4-web.jpg                 On the outside, the cars bear the New York State seal and distinctive blue-and-yellow stripes.  (DAN RIVOLI/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)

“The MTA is excited to bring new, state-of-the-art open-gangway cars into the subway as part of our record-setting capital program,” Tarek said in a statement. “Our customers will be able to review these prototypes and we look forward to their feedback as we work to deliver the best system possible to serve them.”

Gov. Cuomo, who controls the MTA, has attempted to evade full responsibility for the deteriorating state of the subway system — or footing the entire bill to fix it.
He and MTA chairman Joe Lhota have been pressuring Mayor de Blasio to fund half of an $836 million subway rescue plan. But de Blasio has refused, arguing the state already raided money money meant for the MTA.

The MTA is buying 940 new train cars, with 10 open-gangway models, under the 2015 and 2020 capital plans. The design may change, because the contract for the train cars is still open, according to the MTA.


“Gov. Cuomo secured a record $8.3 billion state investment in this capital plan precisely to deliver improvements like new state-of-the-art subway cars,” Cuomo spokesman Jon Weinstein said in a statement.


Source: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/mta-creates-prototype-new-subway-car-design-article-1.3470533

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This how they're gonna boost ridership numbers at HY to meet projections?

                                                                                                                                                                                                         Ridrship is already fairly high at that station. During off-peak hours you see moderately packed trains arriving and departing the station. And, from what I've heard, during the rush hour(s) there are a lot of people who use that station and call it their home. With the developement of the Hudson yards neighborhood being finalized and with Moynihan station in the works the ridership at that station is definaly going to increase dramaticly in the coming years. If I could make a guess then I'd say the ridrship there might surpass the ridership at Times Square 42nd Street (the lines former terminal).

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34th street's ridership projections were based upon once the new towers are open.


Thank you.  Even now, there are times when ridership is pretty high (Comic Con, NAIAS, etc).


Unfortunately, I don't see this opening without Lord Cuomo giving a major press conference.



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