Saturday, August 20, 2016

Cuomo Unveils New R211 (Open-End Car) Trains and New Renovated Station

NEW YORK CITY-As part of his $27 billion five-year MTA Capital Program to renew and expand the New York City Metropolitan Transit Authority network, Gov. Andrew Cuomo unveiled the design features of 1,025 new and reimagined subway cars, which will include enhancements to the regular cars, in addition to the creation of up to 750 “Open Car End” designed-cars.

The R211 is a future new technology (NTT) New York City Subway car for the B Division. The MTA will invest $2.956 billion in this 1,025-car order. These future cars are anticipated to replace the remaining R32s, all R44s on the Staten Island Railway and possibly all remaining R46s. The contract's project totals 1025 cars, or 1545 with all options exercised, that will all be linked in 5-car sets. The contract is split into three parts: R211A, R211S, and R211T. The base order of 285 cars will comprise 10 R211T open-gangway prototype cars, 75 R211S cars to replace the remaining 63-car R44 fleet on the Staten Island Railway, and 200 R211A cars that will partially replace the 752 aging R46 cars as well as R32s that are not replaced by the R179s. There will be an option for either 740 R211A or R211T cars, depending on the success of the prototype R211T. These cars would finish replacing the older R32s and R46s. There would also be one additional option for up to 520 cars, meaning that the total number of cars in the fleet could total 1545 Any additional cars not replacing existing rolling stock will be used to expand the system's fleet. The R211Ts will be designed to increase capacity and allow passengers to walk seamlessly from one car to the next. The new cars will have Wi-Fi installed, USB chargers, digital advertisements, digital customer information displays, illuminated door opening alerts, and security cameras. It was announced in July 2016 that the cars would have open gangways that allowed passengers to move between cars during train movement. 424 stations out of the 472+ stations in the subway system that serves two or more subway lines will be renovated into the 21st Century. You can see my commentary here. For more Transportation Hub, please subscribe today.

As of March 2016, open-gangways will be tested on ten cars (now designated as the R211T). Additionally, the order was broken up into a base order of 565 R211A cars and two option orders: the first for 375 R211A cars, and a second for up to 520 R211As. The Request for Proposal (RFP) was issued on July 22, 2016 and the contract will be put out for bidding. With the RFP, the break up of the order was changed. The base order is now 285 cars, with 10 R211T cars, 75 R211S cars, and 200 R211A cars. There will still be two option orders, but the first option order will contain 740 cars, either R211As or R211Ts based on whether the R211Ts in the base order are successful in their testing. The second base order will still contain 520 cars. The contract is expected to be awarded in early 2017, at which time the existing R46 fleet will be 42 years old, and the existing R32 fleet will be 53 years old.

Credit goes to Queens Courier & Wikipedia for this info.

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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

2015/2016 New Flyer XD60 Xcelsior: The New Breed of Buses!

Seven new state-of-the-art buses equipped with free Wi-Fi and USB charging ports will run on the Q10 Lefferts Blvd bus route, and more buses will be placed into service this summer on local routes in southeast Queens, Q111, Q113, and the Q114 Guy R. Brewer Blvd bus line. This is only the initial push of 75 buses to be placed into service this year and beyond that not only have a new look and feel, but will transform and modernize the MTA fleet to meet the growing demands of the 21st century.  The MTA will add 2,042 new hi-tech buses to its fleet over the next five years. The new buses will replace nearly 40 percent of the MTA's current fleet and represent a $1.5 billion investment of Capital Program resources. From 35 to 55 USB ports are conveniently located throughout each bus. A pilot program to install digital information screens on 200 buses also will begin this year, providing customers with updated travel information including available transfers at upcoming stops, weather, and other service information. The bus fleet redesign and these hi-tech amenities will be significant and noticeable to the 2.5 million customers who depend on our buses every day. New buses are also planned for routes serving New York City’s other boroughs by the end of 2017, including: 70 in Brooklyn, 209 buses in the Bronx, and 18 in Manhattan. The remaining new buses will be assigned to various routes throughout the five boroughs from 2018 to 2020. Prior to entering service, the New Breed Of Buses went into non-revenue testing. Before the the articulated bus conversion, the southeast Queens local bus routes (Q111/Q113/Q114) were using the classic 40-foot standard, 2007 Orion VII 2nd Generation buses. The non-artic Q110 & Q112 as well as the College Point routes Q25/Q34/Q65 were in the video, too. On the other hand, the Q10 already had bus #s 5364 to 5374 delivered with no new wrapped scheme. Both of the New Flyers ran on the Q10  route at the same time, classic D60HF & newly XD60.  All of this wouldn't be a reality without the bus that started it all, #5364. In Spring and Summer 2016, 75 of these newbies were delivered to JFK Depot (#5364-#5391) & Baisely Park Depot (#5392-5438), respectively. In October 2016, bus #5987 (Casey Stengel-ex-Flushing) made its debut on the Q44 + SelectBusService operating towards Jamaica, Queens and West Farms Square-Bronx Zoo. Its the new breed bus for the NYCT division and one of the 139 buses to be delivered in 2017. For more Transportation Hub, please subscribe to my channel. 

What do you guys think about these new state-of-the-art Articulated buses in new scheme and with Wi-Fi/USB ports? Please comment below.