Location: 125th Street/Saint Nicholas Avenue Station, New York, NY
Operator of Vehicle: MTA New York City Transit
Date of Photo: December 23, 2018
It seems appropriate to welcome the new Gregorian year with a photo of one of the newest New York City Subway trains, the R179. This is the first time I’ve taken a photo of an R179. These B Division cars began revenue testing in November 2017, officially entered revenue service in December 2017, and currently operate on the C and J lines. The R179 is yet another class of “New Technology Trains” (NTT) that include the R142, R142A, R160, and R188 car types. The extent to which the NTTs have become the rolling stock associated with New York City Transit can be seen in how as I was taking these pictures, other transit fans at the station awaiting the vintage holiday train thought these cars were R160s. While the R160s and R179s do look similar, they are not the same. While the R32s and R42s that will be replaced by the R179s are not likely to be retired prior to the end of the Canarsie Line partial shutdown in 2020, the New York City transit fleet is gradually becoming more homogeneous as time goes on.
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