E train riders rejoice! In the currently grim landscape of the NYC subway universe, there’s something to celebrate, finally. As part of its $836M action plan to fix the subway, the MTA has unveiled 100 refurbished subway cars, which among other features, will create room for 80 to 100 additional passengers on each train.
These colorful new subway cars are part of a 100-car pilot program on R-160 train cars. ‘Master Controllers,’ which control acceleration and braking on the train, and were identified as the leading cause of failures on the old trains, have been replaced in these new models.
Additionally, seats on either end of the car were removed to create more standing room, and to reduce the time it takes commuters to get on and off the train. Other improvements include display LCD screens on every car, LED lighting to reduce energy consumption, improved handrails and stanchions for customer safety, and “interior and exterior wrapping of the cars,” for commuters to spot the new cars—as can be seen in the photos.
“We do not have time to waste when it comes to improving the customer experience and service for our riders,” MTA Chairman Joseph Lhota said in a statement. “This pilot goes directly to the heart of that goal by attacking a significant cause of failures on these cars and making a fast, targeted improvement. We also know that getting more passengers onto trains, in a more efficient manner, is absolutely essential—which is why we’re piloting the removal of select number of seats.”
Improvements on other lines are also in the works now including the Times Square shuttle, the L train and the C train.