CBTC Debuts On The L

Go up to a regular L train rider & ask them to express their feelings on the service diversions they have experienced over the last few years. Many if not all of them will start to vent about how annoying & frustrating it was. However the payoff for most of those diversions came Tuesday morning when CBTC debuted on the L. Matthew Lysiak & Pete Donohue of the New York Daily News have more in this report:

Robotrain passed its biggest test yet early Tuesday with a computerized system driving trains for about five hours on the L line, NYC Transit said.

“It did very well for the first night,” NYC Transit spokesman Charles Seaton said. “It operated as designed.”

Seven trains carried passengers along the Manhattan-Brooklyn line between 12:30a.m. and 5:30 a.m.

It was a smooth ride, with the computer doing the braking and accelerating instead of a motorman.

The $326 million upgrade replaces an antiquated signals and communications network that required trains be spaced farther apart as they moved though different zones on the line.

Computerization should allow trains to run closer together, enabling NYC Transit to provide more frequent service, officials said.

With just two tracks, there are limits to how many trains can be squeezed together during peak hours, but an eight-car train can carry about 1,500 riders, officials said.

Click here for the complete report.

Congratulations on finally getting this going. I am not going to get into the whole debate about it as CBTC has its lovers & haters within the transit community. I will say one thing though, I question the legitimacy of just how many trains can be added to the schedule. I find it hard to believe there will be any additions. I feel it is misleading for the prospects of that to even be out there.

xoxo Transit Blogger

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