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Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) showcased one of the two R211 open gangway subway trains at the Coney Island Yard in Brooklyn that are currently undergoing testing and expected to be placed into revenue service in the last quarter of 2023, according to the agency's news release.
The open gangway cars are part of a 535-car order of the R211 model. That includes 20 cars with the open gangway feature unveiled today, an additional 515 cars with standard futuristic amenities, and 15 Staten Island Railway five-car trains.
These R211 cars are a part of the MTA's ongoing modernization efforts and will be phased into service beginning on the A and C lines. The R211s feature 58-inch-wide door openings that are eight inches wider than standard door openings on existing cars. The wider doorways are designed to speed up boarding and reduce the amount of time trains sit in stations.
Testing on the standard R211s delivered is underway and is expected to be placed in passenger service in the spring.
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