MTA Adds Longer Cars To C Line

The MTA recently started adding longer train cars to the C Train to increase capacity as ridership has increased along the line in certain areas. Vincent Barone of AMNY has more in this report:

The MTA has begun running a few longer train cars on the C line in order to accommodate neighborhood growth around it, according to agency spokesman Jon Weinstein.

The longer cars, known as the R46 model, were built in the 1970s and currently run on other lines including the A. These cars are 75 feet long — 15 feet longer than the current models that run on the C.

That added space increases capacity on the line by 25 percent per train set. In total, five sets of eight-car R46s are running on the line, mixed in with two other models. The changes, which took effect Saturday, were first outlined in MTA chairman Joseph Lhota’s Subway Action Plan, but the MTA also believes the longer trains will help during the 2019 L train shutdown.

“Lengthening C trains was a promise made — and kept — under the Subway Action Plan to increase capacity and improve service for our riders,” Weinstein said in a statement.

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While I commend the agency on adding space for additional riders, MTA Board Member Andrew Albert is 100% correct that riders would prefer more frequent service if they had to choose between it & the few feet of additional space. I personally do what I can to avoid the line as the service is way too sporadic even during the rush hour which is completely unacceptable.

xoxo Transit Blogger

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