Artist impressions have been released of the next generation of New York subway trains – part of a $27 billion investment in the network.
Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo announced yesterday (July 18) that a request for proposals (RFP) will be issued to manufacturers later this week for the construction of 1,025 new subway cars.
The new trains, which have been developed by Antenna Design and CH2M, will feature wider doors, Wi-Fi and the majority will have walkthrough carriages.
The introduction of new, modern trains will be coupled with a major station upgrade programme. Thirty-one stations will be modernised, including upgraded lighting, new passenger information screens and charging points. Concept designs have been drawn up by Grimshaw Architects and Arup.
The tendering process will begin with Prospect Avenue station, 53rd Street Station and Bay Ridge Avenue station. Contracts will be awarded for these later this year.
Governor Cuomo said: “New York deserves a world-class transportation network, worthy of its role as the heartbeat of the 21st century economy.
“The MTA design team developed a bold and visionary reimagining of the quintessential commuter experience, incorporating best practices from global transit systems, and focusing on our core mission to renew, enhance and expand.
“We are going to do more than renovate – we are bringing subway stations to a higher standard than ever before, and the new vision for subway cars will increase capacity and reduce overcrowding and delays.”