November 30, 2005

New York City Transit's New R160 Car

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After work yesterday, I hustled over to Hoyt-Schermerhorn to check out the MTA's newest subway car, the R160. Scheduled to roll out next year for testing, the only feature that is obviously different than the R142 (2, 3, 4, 5, 6) and R143 (L) is the new FIND system (Flexible Information and Notice Display). The display shows the next stop, nine after that, five more "further stops" which vary along the line, and the last stop. Below each station, the display also shows transfers, if there are any, and it shows handicap accessible stations next to the station name. A screen also shows the line the train is on and any other information the MTA want's to put on it. During the open house, various videos were running, including one with a race car. The best thing about the FIND is that if the train switches routes, all the information can easily change, unlike the current trains which are stuck with one map no matter where they run. The MTA employee that was explaining the display said that there would be three per car so people in each section could see the coming stops.

- SubText on the new train
- NY Times: New Subway Cars Promise All Kinds of Information
- R160 set on flickr

Posted by tien mao in NYC, Tech at 8:05 AM



They were also talking about having news headlines on the LCD screens, right? Do you think that will lead to more flashing advertisements, like those annoying ones they've put in on some of the street level entrances to stations?

Which line do you think will get them first?

Posted by: corie at November 30, 2005 10:01 AM

can I get direct tv on those screens? Can't they compete with JetBlue?

Posted by: neil at November 30, 2005 10:21 AM

i totally forgot to get out at H-S on the way home. i just hope these new cars have better volume control, so you can actually hear the announcements (if you need to) and not have to hear them (over your iPod).

Posted by: janelle at November 30, 2005 1:14 PM

So so so so pretty! But so so so apt to get smudgy. Next, I hope to see an subway map in the wall that lights up the according the appropriate route.

Posted by: Jen at November 30, 2005 4:40 PM

i think they were playing some ad-like videos on the LCD screens, so actual advertisements only seem like a formality. in the original times article i read, sewell chan was thinking the A or C as they are the oldest. but the A also seems really long, so i don't know.

Posted by: tien [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 30, 2005 9:27 PM

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