Take a Peek at the First Renderings of the MTA's Experimental Open Gangway Subway Cars

Conceptual rendering – R211 open gangway configuration
Conceptual rendering – R211 open gangway configuration
Photo: MTA

Back in December, we told you how the MTA's new budget allocated funding for a few experimental open gangway subway cars that have to potential to boost maximum train capacity by 25%. Now we have some of the first renderings of the design, courtesy of NYC subway and transportation enthusiast blog Second Ave Sagas.

This weekend, the MTA released the rendering you see above. Intriguingly, the image suggests a June 4, 2013 creation date. So clearly the agency has been bandying this idea about for a few years. That it is taking so long to come to fruition, even on a pilot basis, is indicative of the MTA’s hesitant approach to ideas that are “new” to New York. (Considering how early 20th century subway cars featured open gangways, we could argue the semantics of whether these designs are actually new to New York for hours. Either way, they are new to the MTA in a post-1968 world.)

Check out the original article or the MTA's accompanying documents for more info on the plan.

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