The Metropolitan Transportation Authority released renderings of an open gangway train car that would connect all the train cars and allow passengers to spread out through the full length of the train.
The design is intended to reduce overcrowding in specific cars or areas, since riders can distribute themselves more easily. Toronto, Paris and London all use these train car designs and the later of which found open gangway cars increased train capacity by as much as 10%.
At The Yard, our coworking space and office suite members commute to our locations from all across the five boroughs of NYC. Needless to say, we’re all excited about new, slick, and potentially less crowded trains – especially for those of us commuting from Brooklyn on the L train.
The MTA saw ridership climb 2.6 percent between 2013 and 2014 to 5.6 million riders each weekday. All told, some 1.8 billion people took the subway in 2014. But the test run of these new train cars is still years away, with the initial 10 prototypes (enough for two full-length trains) expected to be delivered in 2020.
Just hold on, straphangers! Only four years until a handful of lucky commuters can test-ride these new train cars! Stay tuned for more updates.