Gov. Andrew Cuomo has revealed the design for New York City’s 1,025 newly crafted subway cars, in addition to unveiling plans to renovate and upgrade 31 subway stations throughout the city. The details were presented on New York State’s website. Of the 1,025 new subway cars, 750 of them will boast accordion-like connectors to increase capacity, a configuration known as open gangway. The doors will also open wider, increasing from 50 inches in width to 58 inches, enhancing the flow of passengers. Other changes to the exterior include a slightly redesigned front with larger windows, LED headlights, and blue coloring. Amenities in the interior include Wi-Fi, USB charging stations, new digital displays and advertising, and security cameras.
As for the renovations to 31 existing subway stations, design improvements will be made. The goal is to enhance lighting throughout the stations, upgrade signage throughout the station to increase navigability,and to install countdown clocks, Wi-Fi, seating, and artwork. This should all be done while considering and respecting the historical elements a station might have. The first three stations to be renovated will be the Prospect Avenue Station (in Gowanus on the R train), the 53rd Street Station (in Sunset Park on the R train), and the Bay Ridge Avenue Station (in Bay Ridge on the R train). The city will launch a request for proposals (RFP) for the three later this week. The RFP is expected to be awarded this fall.
Lead designer Antenna Design and engineering consultant CH2M were behind the design of the subway cars. Grimshaw Architects and Arup are heading the renovations of the stations.
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