R142 (New York City Subway car)

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R142 (New York City Subway car)
An R142 on the NYCS-bull-trans-2.svg 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 NYCS-bull-trans-2.svg – 340 cars (34 trains)
NYCS-bull-trans-4.svg – 220 cars (22 trains)
NYCS-bull-trans-5.svg – 340 cars (34 trains)
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
70 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 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 2.5 mph/s (4.0 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, emergency brakes
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge

The R142 is the first model class of the newest generation or new technology (NTT) IRT cars for the New York City Subway. It was built by Bombardier in La Pocatiere, Quebec and Barre, Vermont with final assembly performed at Plattsburgh, New York, from 1999 to 2003.[2] There are 880 cars numbered #6301–7180, with another 150 cars numbered #1101–1250, for a total of 1,030 cars.


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 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.[3]

The 1,030 R142 cars have Alstom ONIX AC propulsion, 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.[4][5]

The first 10 R142s numbered #6301–6310 were delivered on November 16, 1999. Regular service began on the 2 train on July 10, 2000, after several months of testing and troubleshooting of all bugs. The R142s and R142As replaced all of the Redbirds—the R26, R28, R29, R33, R33 WF, R36 and R36 WF IRT cars by late 2003.

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).[6][7][8] 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 R142/A cars are similar to the R110A cars, with 54-inch side doors (about 9 inches narrower than the R110A doors, which were 63 inches, and 4 inches wider than the doors on the R62/As, which were 50 inches). All car ends have windows, allowing passengers to see through to the next car, except unit ends, where the cab walls prevent such visibility. R142 car bodies are stainless steel.

Recorded announcements[edit]

The R142 and R142As are the first fleets to feature recorded announcements. All later NTT's will later have this feature.

The recorded announcements are by:

  • Jessica Ettinger, 1010 WINS Anchor: Announcements on Lexington Avenue Line 4, 5, and 6 trains
  • Melissa Kleiner: original announcements on the 5 train outside of Manhattan; these have since been re-recorded by Ettinger.
  • Dianne Thompson: announcements on the 2 train as well as the other IRT Broadway – Seventh Avenue Line (1 and 3) trains when the R142s run on them in rare occasions.
  • Charlie Pellett: "Stand clear of the closing doors, please" and various public announcements, such as safety announcements, announcements about a delay, and on the IRT trains, transfer announcements at most stations. The female announcers' voices are often utilized for transfer and connection announcements on the R143 and R160 cars.

These people were news anchors with Bloomberg Radio at the time the announcements were recorded. Since then, Ettinger and Pellett are now at 1010 WINS-AM and Sirius Satellite Radio working with Howard Stern and his Howard 100 news team.[9]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ New York Subway Barn Assignments – June 12, 2016
  2. ^ "Some New Subway Cars Put Into Service Monday"[dead link] NY1 - 10 July 2000. Retrieved on 24 April 2008
  3. ^ "APRIL 1997 MTA PRESS RELEASES". 1997-06-14. Retrieved 2016-09-18. 
  4. ^ Chan, Sewell (2005-11-30). "New Subway Cars Promise All Kinds of Information". The New York Times. Retrieved 2007-10-27. 
  5. ^ "Antenna: News". antennadesign.com. 
  6. ^ "Showing Image 3427". nycsubway.org. 
  7. ^ YouTube. youtube.com. 
  8. ^ "Showing Image 100281". nycsubway.org. 
  9. ^ "www.nycsubway.org". www.nycsubway.org. 

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