Now, onto the subways. The Bombardier R179 four-car sets, officially entered revenue service on December 27, 2017, just five days before New Years Day 2018, making their runs on the (C) and (J)/(Z) Lines all throughout 2018. The pilot five-car R179 sets underwent specification modifications at Bombardier's Kanona Facility in summer 2018 and were re-delivered for further testing. By the start of December 2018, some trains had to be taken out of service due to manufacturing defects and HVAC software bugs. The next month, the MTA revealed that 162 cars had been delivered, of which 128 (comprising sixteen 8-car trains) had been placed in service. In early January 2019, NYCTA President Andy Byford ordered more of cars to be removed from passenger service and the temporary suspension of the delivery of further cars until Bombardier corrected all defects found within them. The issues have since been resolved, and deliveries recommenced in early February 2019. On April 30th, 2018, the Myrtle Viaduct has completed construction, restoring (M) service on the BMT Myrtle Avenue Line between Myrtle Av-Broadway and Myrtle-Wyckoff Avenues; full peak-direction (J)/(Z) skip-stop express service restored between Supthin Blvd-JFK and Myrtle Ave-Bway, as well as weekday peak express service between Myrtle Ave-Bway and Marcy Ave. In Summertime of 2018, after 53 consecutive weekends of closure, the Clark Street Tubes has reopened on time after doing repairs from Superstorm Sandy damages, resuming normal weekend services on the (2), (3), (4), & (5) Lines. 30th and 36th Avenue stations have reopened on the BMT Astoria Line after months of closure and repairs, getting the Enhanced Station Initiative treatment. Some stations renovated or ESIed, such as 104th St (BMT Jamaica Line), 163rd, 103rd, 72nd, 86th Sts (IND Eighth Avenue Line), 145th Street (IRT Lenox Avenue Line) & 23rd, 57th Sts (IND Sixth Avenue Line). After nearly 17 years of getting destroyed by the 9/11 terror attacks, the World Trade Center-Cortland Street (IRT Broadway-Seventh Avenue Line) reopened for service.
Services after completion
of Myrtle Viaduct
|Myrtle Viaduct after reconstruction|
What to expect in 2019
- The 10-car R179 sest on the (A) Line will enter service, completing 30-day passenger testing.
- The continuing retirement of the RTSs, Orion VII CNGs, and New Flyer D60HFs
- The arrival of the M14 +SBS
- The arrival of 2019 Novabus LFS and LFSA; 2019 New Flyer XD40, XD60, completion of the 2018 XN60 order.
- The full shutdown of the BMT Canarsie Tunnel (CANCELLED)
- A fare increase in March 2019.
Hope you guys enjoyed this blogpost. Last of 2018 AND First of 2019.