New York's Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has launched design features of 1,025 new and modern subway cars for the US state’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA).
The new car designs include major improvements to exteriors and interiors, such as wider doors. There are also up to 750 Open Car End plans, which will help reduce waiting times and increase vehicle capacity when implemented.
Governor Cuomo said: “We are going to do more than renovate, we are bringing subway stations to a higher standard than ever before, and the new vision for subway cars will increase capacity and reduce overcrowding and delays.”
The Open Car End design replaces doors between cars with an accordion-like connector, creating longer, more open spaces and facilitating increased passenger flow movement and capacity.
The width of the car doors will also be increased from the existing MTA standard of 50in, to 58in. Wider doors will enable passengers to enter and exit the subway cars more quickly and easily, reducing delays.
The MTA is using design-build contracts to speed up the process, with hope to complete the project within the shortest timeframe.
Andrew M. Cuomo also previewed major elements to be implemented while redeveloping 31 subway stations throughout the New York Metropolitan Area.
MTA's chairman and CEO Thomas F. Prendergast said: “The Governor gave the MTA a mandate to implement new, world-class designs as quickly as possible for all new subway cars and that’s what you’re seeing today, innovation making the lives and commutes of all New Yorkers easier.
“Coupled with new methods for redeveloping our stations at the Governor’s direction, customers will see us get in, get done, and return new and improved stations to them in the most efficient way possible.”
The subway car project is part of the MTA Capital Programme, which involves an investment of $27bn, the largest amount ever invested in the MTA capital plan.
Image: Interior design of the new MTA subway cars. Photo: courtesy of MTA Renderings / Governor’s Office.