Bombardier R179

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R179 subway cars
Metropolitan Transportation Authority 3061-a.jpg
Manufactured 2016 onward
Numbered 3010-3309
Length 60.21'
Width
Track gauge 4' 8 1/2"

The R179 is a type of subway car that is to be built by Bombardier Transportation for the New York City Subway. Part of the 300-car order will allow for the replacement of the remaining R42 and many of the R32 subway cars. The rest of the order will facilitate fleet expansion.

History

New York City Transit (NYC Transit) issued a request for proposals (RFP) for a contract comprising of 290 cars with an option for an additional 50 cars. Proposals were received from ALSKAW (a consortium comprised of Alstom Transport and Kawasaki Rail Car) and Bombardier Transportation. NYC Transit entered into discussions with both manufacturers. In 2011, after a reassessment of future ridership, it was determined that an order for 300 cars in total would be able to satisfy the agency's needs.[1]

Both manufacturers issued their "best and final offers" (BAFO) on February 7, 2012. The proposals were evaluated based on technical merit, pricing, and other pertinent criteria. ALSKAW had the highest technical score, while Bombardier's price was significantly lower. Based on Bombardier's acceptable technical proposal and lower price, it was recommend that they be awarded the R179 contract.[1] The contract was signed with Bombardier in June 2012.[2]

Delivery of 10 pilot cars was scheduled to take place in the third quarter of 2014, followed by delivery of the remaining production series cars between mid-2015 and early 2017.[2] However after suffering production delays, Bombardier would not be able to deliver the prototype test train until July 2016. Delivery of this train finally began on September 6, 2016 with the first car of the first five-car set. The remaining cars were delivered over the next few days. The second five-car set was to follow a few weeks later, however those cars did not arrive until mid-November. The initial five-car set began non-revenue tests on October 13, 2016. From December to the end of January 2017, the first two four-car sets were delivered.

At the beginning of 2016, it was expected that the first production train would be delivered in February 2017, with the order completed in July 2018.[3] A year later, the first production train was now expected in September 2017. Completion of production car deliveries was still scheduled for July 2018.[4] However as issues and delays in production and testing continued, the MTA estimated that the order will now not be completed until December 2018.

The first train, composed of cars 3058-3065, entered service on November 19, 2017, operating on the J as part of a 30-day passenger service test cycle. After experiencing issues with doors, and in one instance, traction motors, the train was pulled from service on three different days. In-service testing resumed later in December and was successfully completed on December 27, 2017. In-service testing of the 10-car train was to start in the first quarter of 2018.[5] This did not start until February 2019 and was completed on March 11, 2019.

Due to extensive production and delivery delays, the MTA will be receiving an extra 16 R179 cars. By the start of 2019, 162 cars had been delivered, of which 128 had entered service. It was anticipated that all 316 cars would be delivered by September 2019.[6]

Design

The stainless steel cars operate in either sets of four or five. Their appearance is similar to the R160, with a black-accented front and headlights aligned at an angle towards the centre. The shape of the carbody is a little different, however. The interior of the cars carries over the same design of the other New Technology Trains with the finishes consisting of off-white and pale blue. Audio and visual messages relay information to passengers. Included are "FIND" displays.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 R179 staff summary. March 2012. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved on 13 May 2016.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Bombardier to Supply 300 New Subway Cars for New York City Transit. 04 June 2012. Bombardier Transportation. Retrieved on 13 May 2016.
  3. Capital Program Oversight Committee Meeting. January 2016. Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
  4. Capital Program Oversight Committee Meeting. January 2017. Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
  5. Capital Program Oversight Committee Meeting - January 2018.
  6. Capital Program Oversight Committee Meeting - January 2019.