In an effort to battle congestion on trains, the NYC MTA may experiment with a type of train used in many public transit systems around the world, the open gangway car. This car, like an articulated bus, connects all the cars in a train as one, allowing passengers to move between cars without having to open any doors. These types of trains are expected to increase capacity by 10% without the MTA needing to build any more crazy expensive stations. It's just one of the many solutions the MTA will be trying out as it figures out how to spend less money while dealing with increased ridership.
It plans to spend $52.4 million on 10 open gangway cars of two different designs to be used in a single train. The pilot project is part of the authority’s 2015-2019 capital plan. The new cars would be ordered early next year, but the MTA hasn’t said when they might enter service. They’ll be used on the A and F lines, according to The Daily News.