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Chris2005
July 17th, 2003, 08:57 PM
Hey, I think I've heard of new subway cars replacing the old ones that run currently? Can anyone tell me if this is true? And if so, when will it happen for the rest of the subway system?

TLOZ Link5
July 17th, 2003, 09:17 PM
As you may know, the Lexington Line and the 7th Avenue IRT have replaced most to all of their trains with modern cars by Kawasaki and Bombardier, along with most Canarsie-Line L trains. *The new, climate-controlled cars feature electronic voice announcements heralding the train's arrival at each station and listing available transfers, as well as what the next stop is. *The progress can also be monitored on overhead maps, with a small lighting diode denoting each station on the line. *Lit diodes denote the remaining stops. *Marquees state the time, the final destination of the train, and the name of the next stop. *All cars also feature small paintings from various artists.

My favorite feature about the new cars, however, is that they were custom-designed to take into account the craftiness of New York graffiti artists. *All surfaces can be easily wiped clean of paint or ink, and the window glass has a special polymer that is resistant to etching acid, which is what graffitists use to scratch tags or messages on the windows. *However, now some people have taken to using knives to carve into the drywall at the narrow ends of each car; but I think even that can be remedied.

I haven't heard much about new fleets for any of the IND or BMT trains, or for that matter the IRT 7. *My guess is that they won't be ordered until the MTA completes several projects which will include the addition of extra stops: the extension of the 7 west to the Javits Center, the extension of the N east to LaGuardia Airport, and A, C, J, M, and Z connections to the JFK Airtrain. *My guess is that the F, B, V and D trains will be the next to get upgraded, or perhaps the Times Square shuttle. *Then again, most to all of those might hold out for replacements until the Second Avenue Subway is finished; it depends on the shelf-lives of the various models.

Freedom Tower
July 17th, 2003, 09:42 PM
Sounds like some nice train cars. I may have to go ride them just for the fun of it

Kris
July 17th, 2003, 11:03 PM
R142 (IRT) (http://www.nycsubway.org/cars/r142.html)
R143 (IND/BMT) (http://www.nycsubway.org/cars/r143.html)

billyblancoNYC
July 18th, 2003, 10:18 AM
They are nice, clean, "grafitti proof," and more effective at announcements, etc., but I kinda miss the guy making the announcements. *The computer voice is a bit sanitized. *Oh well, that's progress I guess.

Gulcrapek
July 18th, 2003, 02:34 PM
The 'guy making the announcements' was usually incoherent.

TLOZ Link5
July 18th, 2003, 05:32 PM
He's some airwave personality on Bloomberg Radio, as are the rest of the automated voices.

billyblancoNYC
July 18th, 2003, 06:56 PM
Hey, I didn't say it was functional, I said it was NY.

TonyO
July 21st, 2003, 10:50 AM
I don't know if anyone has made the connection with the "please stand clear of the closing doors" automated announcement, but think of the Johnny-Cab voice from the movie "Total Recall". *I can't get that robot out of my head when I am on the 4-5-6.

phxmania2001
July 21st, 2003, 01:32 PM
Quote: from tonyo on 10:50 am on July 21, 2003
I don't know if anyone has made the connection with the "please stand clear of the closing doors" automated announcement, but think of the Johnny-Cab voice from the movie "Total Recall". *I can't get that robot out of my head when I am on the 4-5-6.

No, I just think of a guy who needs to blow his nose.

TLOZ Link5
July 21st, 2003, 05:29 PM
My first impression was of Mr. Moviephone.

MidnightRambler
July 21st, 2003, 11:20 PM
Does anyone know what's happening with the new LIRR cars? *I think they're called M3 or M6 or something...

TLOZ Link5
July 22nd, 2003, 06:45 PM
The double-deck ones?

Kris
July 22nd, 2003, 10:09 PM
No, the M7: http://www.rantpipe.com/LIRR/M7

Kris
July 22nd, 2003, 10:36 PM
http://www.nycsubway.org/img/i19000/img_19963.jpg
http://www.nycsubway.org/img/i19000/img_19964.jpg
http://www.nycsubway.org/img/i19000/img_19965.jpg
http://www.nycsubway.org

TLOZ Link5
July 23rd, 2003, 09:53 PM
Were they supplied by Kawasaki also?

Kris
July 23rd, 2003, 09:55 PM
Bombardier.