NEW YORK, NY- This past year, the MTA launched the redesign bus network for both the Bronx and Queens. Brooklyn is the third borough to get the redesign network, but that's under review. Okay, let's get to the Bronx. There are routes that will see extensive spacing, increased frequency, direct connections to major hubs/transit centers, and change of the certain bus routes either shortened, rerouted, or extended. The ones that came out to me the most of the Bronx Bus Redesign Plan were the restoration of the Bx25 route, the Bx6 +SBS to Soundview, new M125 route/the termination of the Bx15 route south of 3rd Ave/149th Street, Bx36 and Bx40/42 switching east/west routing, and the changeup of multiple Bronx-Manhattan express routes. Overall, the final plan for the Bronx routes can work well for Bronx residents because most of the routes are still kept the same with minor/major changes to certain bus routes. If you want full details of your Bronx route, you can click here. There is also a proposed final plan hearing set for Thursday, February 20th, 2020. Please check the MTA Bronx Redesign website for more details. Queens is next for this redesign plan. Queens is the total melting pot of New York City with a LARGE bus system, with most of them being a part of the MTA Bus Company. During the draft plan of the Queens Bus Network, all routes are labeled QT during the duration of the draft plan. Redesigned routes are combined up to three current active bus routes. For example, "QT7-Linden Boulevard", which consist of the Q4 and the discontinued Q89 route. This route would operate between Cambria Heights-120th Avenue, Queens and Spring Creek-Gateway Mall, Brooklyn. There's two projected Queens-Bronx routes, two Queens-Manhattan routes, and twelve Queens-Brooklyn bus routes. Queens service has declined over the years. Its now time that the MTA fixes this problem with real hard route structuring and planing from various communities of this borough. You can read up on your Queens routes here. There's also meeting going on all throughout January and February for y'all to give in your feedback on these projected bus routes.
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NEW YORK, NY- The MTA has released a first look at the new generation of subway cars, the R211 class for the B-division subway line. These trains will run on the subway's lettered routes and the Staten Island Railway. All three versions of the R211; the R211A, R211S, and R211T. 30 test cars are currently in production by Kawasaki Rail Car Inc, who have a $1.4 billion contract to produce 535 cars. The R211A and R211T will replace all remaining R32s, Staten Island Railway operated R44s (replaced by the R211S), and R46s. These trains would arrive just on time for CBTC (Communications Based Train Control) for the Queens Blvd and 8th Avenue subway lines. All R211s will be manufactured by Kawasaki, who show extreme promises with the the subway cars and these pictures prove just that.
The MTA will invest $3.686 billion in this order. The contract is split into three parts: R211A, R211S, and R211T. The base order of 535 cars will comprise 20 R211T open gangway prototype cars, 440 R211A cars that will partially replace the 750 aging R46 cars and 75 R211S cars which are expected to replace the remaining 62-car R44 fleet on the Staten Island Railway. There will be two options for additional cars: the first for 640 cars and the second for 437 cars. Both options are designed to accommodate either standard cars or open gangway cars, depending on the test results from the 20 pilot cars. If all options are exercised, the order would total up to 1,612 cars. In total, the R211 order would provide 1,015 new cars to replace existing fleet, as well as up to 597 cars for fleet expansions following the extension of the Second Avenue Subway and the automation of the New York City Subway. The option cars would entirely replace the older R46s. Since the R46s are 75 feet (23 m) long, and the R211 cars are only 60 feet (18 m), the 752 R46s would need to be replaced by 940 R211s. Any additional cars not replacing existing rolling stock will be used to expand the system's fleet. The R211Ts would also increase capacity and allow passengers to walk seamlessly from one car to the next. The delivery of the base order is scheduled to be completed by August 2023, with option 1 and option 2 completed by December 2024 and October 2025 respectively. All R211A and R211T cars will be equipped for communications-based train control (CBTC), while all R211S cars will be equipped with cab signaling.
The R262 order is divided into a base order and two option orders. The base order consists of 504 cars, the first option order consists of 445 cars, and the second option order has up to 415 cars. The subway car order will entirely replace the R62 and R62A fleets, and the second option order will include up to 225 cars to support ridership growth and other operational needs. The R262 order will consist of cars in 5-car sets for the mainline IRT and 6-car sets for the 42nd Street Shuttle. The base order and first option order (949 cars) will be funded in the MTA's 2020-2024 Capital Program, while the second option order (up to 415 cars) will be funded in the future 2025–2029 Capital Program.
The design of the R262 subway cars are based on the specifications of the R211T cars, which are being built for the B Division. They will have modern signage and communication, an ethernet network, updated crash energy management standards, open-gangways that allow passengers to move between cars during train movement and increase train capacity. In addition, they will be equipped with communications-based train control (CBTC). Unlike the R211s, R262s will have additional audio induction loops for riders with hearing impairments.
Like the R211s, the subway cars will have a blue front with large windows, LED headlights, and a blue strip with gold accents on the sides, similar to the new MTA Regional Bus Operations livery released in 2016. To designate the route, a large LED screen with the route bullet will be displayed at the ends of the train similar to trains with rollsigns; also, the route's destination will be displayed above the door on the front. These cars will replace the 1980s R62/62As in the 2020s, with a manufacturer to be determined.
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