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Lineup of R-160 "New Technology" trains at Coney Island Yard. Photo by John Dooley, February 2012.

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R-143 is the designation given to the first order of the "New Technology" IND/BMT division cars. The contract was awarded to Kawasaki Heavy Industries of Japan. These cars are very similar to the Kawasaki R-142 in terms of interior appointments, door motors, strip maps, grab bars, etc., and they incorporate much of the R-110 New Technology Test Program‎'s advanced features. The primary order included 100 cars with an option order of an additional 112 cars, and they began to arrive in late 2001. The first train of R-143 cars, 8101-8108, went into passenger service for its thirty day acceptance test on Tuesday, December 4, 2001. The order was complete by April 2003. The R-143 cars are being delivered in 4-car sets to be used on the BMT Eastern Division, specifically the "L" line, which underwent a resignalling project to allow use of the R-143's CBTC capability.

The large R-160 fleet is nearly identical to the R-143 cars built by Kawasaki. The R-160 contract, for as many as 1,700 new subway cars for the BMT/IND divisions, was signed on July 30, 2002, between MTA New York City Transit and the rail car builders Kawasaki Heavy Industries of Japan and Alstom of France. The initial contract for $961,687,121, to be funded by the Federal Transit Administration, covers 660 cars split between the two manufacturers (400 to Alstom, 260 to Kawasaki). The contract includes an option for 620 additional cars and a second option for 380 to 420 cars. The deal, including all of the options, is worth over $2.3 billion and is probably the largest rapid transit purchase in history.

The first R-160A cars were delivered from Alstom's Hornell, NY facility in December 2005 (car numbers 8653-8662). The remainder of Alstom's base order of 400 cars will be delivered through 2008. The body shells are being manufactured in Lapa, Brazil, and outfitted in Hornell, NY.

The first of the R-160B cars (car numbers 8713-8722) were delivered from Kawasaki Heavy Industries from their facility in Yonkers, NY, beginning July 20, 2005. Kawasaki plans to manufacture their share of the R-160 order at plants in Nebraska and in Yonkers, NY.

On July 25, 2007, the MTA approved purchase of an additional 620 R-160 cars from Alstom and Kawasaki, under the options previously negotiated, for a total value of $1.1 billion. Alstom received orders for 360 additional cars and Kawasaki 260 cars. These option orders would arrive in the 2008-2009 timeframe. The MTA has remaining options for a further additional 420 cars.

On November 10, 2008, the MTA exercised its second option orders on both the R-160A and R-160B fleets (242 R-160A and 140 R-160B). These cars are to arrive by the end of 2010. There was some discussion of potential third option orders, for approximately 130 R-160A cars and 100 R-160B cars, but it is unlikely that these will happen.

The R-160A and R-160B cars feature a new electronic interior route/stop display sign, called "FIND" (Flexible INformation Display). This is a multicolor LCD screen displaying the route and destination (and possibly, advertisements) and a multicolor LED strip map which displays the next ten stations, plus five "further stations". Each car will have multiple "FIND" displays. The programmable LED stip map replaces a plastic card overlay which had a fixed set of stations for a route printed on it, used in the R-142 and R-143 cars. The LED system allows the conductor to reprogram the route display on the fly.

The R-160 order is intended to replace the 60' "SMEE" cars, in classes R-32, R-38, R-40/R-40M, and R-42. The first set of cars to be replaced were the 100 R-42 cars overhauled by Coney Island shops, followed by the ten R-32 GE overhauls and the R-32 phase II cars. By the end of 2008, a large portion of the R-38 and "Slant" R-40 fleet had also been retired. In 2009, the remaining R-38, R-40, and R-40M cars were retired, leaving only a handful of R-32 and R-42 cars still in service.

R-160A-1 cars 8313-8376 were retrofitted with CBTC after delivery and are nearly always assigned to the L line, along with the CBTC R-143 fleet. The rest of the R-160A-1 and the R-160A option 2 (four car sets) are assigned to East New York yard for J & M service. The remainder of the R-160 fleet is assigned to Coney Island and Jamaica yards, and as of early 2010 can be mostly found on the E, F, N, and Q.

On June 3, 2010, NYCT advertised a contract (R-179) for 340 60-foot cars (base order 290 cars, option 1 for 50 cars, option 2 for 80 cars). This order would include cars for replacement of the R-44s (main line and SIRT versions). NYCT plans to retire all of the 272 R-44 cars in 2010, temporarily using the retained R-32 (240 cars) and R-42 (50 cars), and other cars freed up by the June 2010 service changes. This plan is expected to save $30 million by not having to overhaul the R-44 cars.

Related Documents

R-143 Delivery Notes‎, observations on delivery and testing dates. All R-143 cars delivered and either placed in service or being used for CBTC testing by April 8, 2003.

Datasheets

R-143 Datasheet from NYCT Revenue and Non-Revenue Car Drawings

R-160 Datasheet from NYCT Revenue and Non-Revenue Car Drawings

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