R142 (New York City Subway car)

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An R142 train on the "2" train entering West Farms Square.
R142 interior.jpg
Interior of an R142 car.
In service 2000–present
Manufacturer Bombardier Transportation
Built at Plattsburgh, New York
Family name NTT (new technology train)
Replaced R26, R28, R29, R33, R33 WF, R36, R36 WF
Constructed 1999–2003
Entered service July 10, 2000
Number built 1,030
Number in service 1,030 (900 in revenue service during rush hours)
Formation 5-car sets (2 A cars and 3 B cars)
Fleet numbers 6301–7180 (R142)
1101–1250 (R142S)
Capacity 176 (A car)
188 (B car)
Operator(s) New York City Subway
Depot(s) East 180th Street Yard (400 cars)
239th Street Yard (385 cars)
Jerome Yard (245 cars)[1]
Service(s) assigned "2" train – 340 cars (34 trains)
"4" train – 220 cars (22 trains)
"5" train – 340 cars (34 trains)[2]
Car body construction Stainless steel with fiberglass top end bonnets
Train length 513.3 feet (156.5 m)
Car length 51.33 feet (15.65 m)
Width 8.60 feet (2,621 mm)
Height 11.89 feet (3,624 mm)
Floor height 3.6458 ft (1.11 m)
Platform height 3.6458 ft (1.11 m)
Doors 6 per car
Maximum speed 55 mph (89 km/h) Service
66 mph (110 km/h) Design
Weight 72,000 pounds (33,000 kg) (A car)
66,300 pounds (30,100 kg) (B car)
Traction system Alstom ONIX IGBT-VVVF propulsion system
AC Traction Motors model: 4LCA1640A
Power output 147.5 hp (110.0 kW) per motor axle; 2,065 hp (1,539.87 kW) per 5-car set
Acceleration 2.5 mph/s (4.0 km/(h⋅s))
Deceleration 3.0 mph/s (4.8 km/(h⋅s))
(full service),
3.2 mph/s or 5.1 km/(h⋅s)
Auxiliaries SAFT 195 AH battery (B car)
Electric system(s) 625 V DC Third rail
Current collection method Contact shoe
Braking system(s) Dynamic braking propulsion system; WABCO RT-5 tread brake system
Safety system(s) dead man's switch, tripcock
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge

The R142 is a class of 1,030 new technology (NTT) New York City Subway cars built by Bombardier Transportation for the A Division. Along with the R142As, the cars replaced all of the remaining Redbird trains (R26, R28, R29, R33, R33 WF, R36, and R36 WF).


880 of the R142s are numbered 6301–7180, and the remaining 150 cars are numbered 1101–1250.

The R142 is, along with the R142A, the first model class of the newest generation of IRT cars for the subway system. Bombardier built these cars from 1999 to 2003 in La Pocatiere, Quebec and Barre, Vermont with final assembly performed at Plattsburgh, New York.[3]

There are two types of cars: "A" (cab at one end) and "B" (no cabs). "A" cars are powered with four traction motors each, with the passenger doors opposite each other. The "B" cars are powered by two traction motors at the number-two end, and the passenger doors are staggered (car ends are numbered on the lower body just above the truck).[4][5] The trains are linked up in 5-car, A-B-B-B-A sets, but also can be linked in sets of 4 cars (A-B-B-A), 6 cars (A-B-B-B-B-A), 9 cars (one 5-car set and one 4-car set), or 11 cars (one 5-car set and one 6-car set).


The R142s feature Alstom ONIX AC propulsion systems, electronic braking, automatic climate control, electronic strip maps, and an on-board intercom system. The R142 and the R142A was partly designed by Antenna Design.[6][7]

Like the R110As, the R142s feature wider doors than past A-Division equipment, with 54-inch side doors (about 9 inches narrower than the R110As' 63-inch doors, but 4 inches wider than the R62/As' 50-inch doors). All car ends have windows, allowing passengers to see through to the next car, except cab ends, where the cab walls prevent such visibility. The R142 car bodies are constructed from stainless steel.

Recorded Announcements[edit]

The R142s and R142As are the first New York City Subway cars to feature recorded announcements. All passenger cars built after the R142s also use this feature.

Current recorded announcements are by:

  • Jessica Ettinger, 1010 WINS Anchor: announcements for Lexington Avenue Line trains (4, 5, and 6)
  • Dianne Thompson: announcements for the 2 as well as the other IRT Broadway–Seventh Avenue Line trains (1 and 3) when the R142s run on these routes in rare occasions.
  • Charlie Pellett: announcements to warn passengers of the closing doors, safety announcements, delay announcements, and transfer announcements at most stations.

Melissa Kleiner originally provided announcements for the 5 outside of Manhattan, but the announcements have since been re-recorded by Ettinger.

These people were news anchors with Bloomberg Radio at the time the announcements were recorded. Since then, Ettinger and Pellett have moved to 1010 WINS-AM and Sirius Satellite Radio, working with Howard Stern and his Howard 100 News team.[8]

Newer, shorter announcements have been tested on R142s on the 2 and 5 since 2015 in an effort to reduce dwell times and subsequently reduce the likelihood of delays.[9]


On April 30, 1997, the Board of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority approved the purchase of 680 cars from Bombardier (the R142s) and 400 cars from Kawasaki (the R142As). The original purchase order was for 740 cars, but because of the intense competition between the firms, the MTA was able to purchase 340 additional cars at the same price. The entire cost of the purchase was $1.45 billion. The new subway cars were based on the results of the tests from the R110A and R110B test trains. The historic deal came after round-the-clock negotiations and the contract was the largest subway car purchase in the history of the New York City Subway up to this point.[10]

The first ten R142s, 6301–6310, were delivered on November 16, 1999. Regular service began on the 2 on July 10, 2000 after several months of testing and troubleshooting of all bugs. By 2003, all cars were delivered.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Korman, Joe (November 6, 2016). "New York Subway Barn Assignments". JoeKorNer. 
  2. ^ Korman, Joe (November 6, 2016). "IRT Car Assignments". JoeKorNer. 
  3. ^ "Some New Subway Cars Put Into Service Monday"[dead link] NY1 - July 10, 2000. Retrieved on April 24, 2008
  4. ^ "Showing Image 3427". nycsubway.org. 
  5. ^ "Showing Image 100281". nycsubway.org. 
  6. ^ Chan, Sewell (November 30, 2005). "New Subway Cars Promise All Kinds of Information". The New York Times. Retrieved October 27, 2007. 
  7. ^ "Antenna: News". antennadesign.com. 
  8. ^ "www.nycsubway.org". www.nycsubway.org. 
  9. ^ http://newyork.cbslocal.com/video/3189522-shorter-subway-announcements-may-be-on-the-way/
  10. ^ "APRIL 1997 MTA PRESS RELEASES". June 14, 1997. Archived from the original on June 14, 1997. Retrieved September 18, 2016. 

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