UPTOWN — New accordion-style subway cars that will allow for more straphangers by not separating passengers into individual cars are slated to arrive in the coming years, the MTA said.
The MTA unveiled the open-gangway prototype cars, which will allow for a 10 percent increase in passengers, as well as features like charging stations, LED lighting, digital video screens and “intelligent heating and cooling," the agency said Monday.
It will cost the MTA $52 million to test 10 new cars, with the overall budget for the project tabbed at $3.2 billion, the Daily News reported.
The new fleet will be rolled out on the A and R lines, the MTA said.
Designs of the cars are "conceptual renderings," and the final version won't be completed until later this year, the MTA said. A contract for the cars will be awarded by early 2017, the agency said.
The first cars won't arrive until at least 2020, the Daily News reported.