By Gus Saltonstall
Upper West Siders who ride the C train will notice that their commute just got a little more spacious.
On February 1, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the debut of the new “R211T” open-gangway subway cars on the C line, which allow passengers to move freely from car to car without going through a dangerous sliding door.
The cars also come equipped with pre-installed security cameras.
“The subway is the lifeblood of New York City and we’re making record investment so it’s safe, efficient and successful,” Hochul said in a news release about the new type of train. “New train cars, additional security cameras, and more reliable service will make the subway system even better for decades to come.”
The C train stations within Morningside Heights and the Upper West Side are at 116th Street, 110th Street, 103rd Street, 96th Street, 86th Street, 81st Street, 72nd Street, and 59th Street-Columbus Circle.
The new train cars have 58-inch-wide door openings — eight inches wider than standard doors — which, with the open walkways between cars, will help with passenger overcrowding, the MTA says.
There is also additional accessible seating, digital displays that provide detailed station-specific information, and brighter lighting and signage.
The new C trains, which will continue to be added in the coming weeks and months, are part of an effort to phase out the R-46 train, which have the yellow and orange seats in an L pattern. The open-gangway-style train is new to New York City, but has long been used in England, France, and, much closer, in Boston.
The C line won’t be exclusively made up of the new type of train, so don’t expect it every ride.
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