New York MTA receives first R179 subway car

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The first of 300 Bombardier R179 cars ordered by the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority for the MTA  New York City Transit B Division subway was unloaded at 207th Street Yard in Upper Manhattan on Sept. 6, 2016.

The $599 million fleet, which was ordered in 2012, will comprise 65 four-car and eight five-car trainsets and will replace all remaining R42 cars, which date from 1969-70, as well as some of the remaining R32 cars, which are more than 50 years old. The new trainsets will be deployed on the A/C, J/Z and M lines.

The 600 VDC third-rail-powered cars are equipped with Bombardier’s Mitrac AC propulsion system.

The R179s are being built at Bombardier’s Plattsburgh plant in New York State, and the remaining nine vehicles from the first two five-car sets are due to be delivered to 207th Street later this month. The first production cars will arrive in New York City in February 2017, and deliveries will continue until July 2018.


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