R262 (New York City Subway car)

The R262 is a proposed New Technology Train-series subway car for the New York City Subway. It is expected to replace the current R62 and R62A rolling stock, which are used on the subway's A Division and were built in the mid-1980s.

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Rendering of the proposed R262
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Potential rendering of the R262 interior. Shown above is a rendering of an R211T open gangway.
In service2025–2030 (expected)
ReplacedAll R62s and R62As
Number under construction0
(504 proposed)
(1364 with all options exercised)[1]
Number built0
FormationFive-car sets (planned); Six-car sets (for the 42 Street Shuttle)
Operator(s)New York City Subway
Train length5-car train: 255.2 feet (77.8 m)
6-car train: 306.24 feet (93.34 m)
10-car train: 510.4 feet (155.6 m)
Car length51.04 feet (15.56 m)
Doors6 sets of 58 inches (150 cm) wide side doors per car
Electric system(s)600 V DC Third rail
Current collector(s)Contact shoe
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8+12 in) standard gauge

Component ordersEdit

The R262 order is divided into a base order and two option orders. The base order consists of 504 cars, the first option order consists of 445 cars, and the second option order has up to 415 cars. The subway car order will entirely replace the R62 and R62A fleets, and the second option order will include up to 225 cars to support ridership growth and other operational needs.[2] The R262 order will consist of cars in 5-car sets for the mainline IRT and 6-car sets for the 42nd Street Shuttle.[a] The base order and first option order (949 cars) will be funded in the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA)'s 2020-2024 Capital Program, while the second option order (up to 415 cars) will be funded in the future 2025–2029 Capital Program.[1]


The R262s will have an open gangway, similar to the R211Ts. Shown above are two possible options for the gangway connection.[citation needed]

The design of the R262 subway cars are based on the specifications of the R211 cars, which are being built for the B Division. They will have modern signage and communication, an ethernet network, and updated crash energy management standards. The R262s will adopt open-gangways, allowing passengers to move between cars during train movement.[citation needed] In addition, they will be equipped with communications-based train control (CBTC). Unlike the R211s, R262s will have additional audio induction loops for riders with hearing impairments.[1]

Like the R211s, these subway cars will have a blue front with large windows, LED headlights, and a blue strip with gold accents on the sides, similar to the new MTA Regional Bus Operations livery released in 2016. To designate the route, a large LED screen with the route bullet will be displayed at the ends of the train similar to trains with single rollsigns (R40 to R68). The route's destination will be displayed above the door on the front.[2]


On January 22, 2019, the MTA announced that it would order a fleet of approximately 1,500 subway cars in future capital programs allowing the agency to accelerate its plans to install CBTC on the IRT Lexington Avenue Line as part of the Fast Forward Plan. Because the 1,139 R62 and R62A subway cars do not have necessary equipment and network infrastructure to become CBTC-equipped, the agency decided to order a new fleet of CBTC-equipped cars to replace them.[2][5]

On September 16, 2019, the MTA released its 2020–2024 Capital Program, including funding to purchase approximately 900 A Division subway cars, with $1.5 billion provided for a base order, and $1.4 billion for an option to purchase additional A Division cars. The document also stated that the production of additional A Division subway cars would be part of the future 2025–2029 Capital Program.[6]

In January 2020, the New York City Transit (NYCT) sent a request to the MTA Board, asking for permission to forgo competitive bidding for the contract and issue a request for proposals (RFP) for the order, which would now consist of 1,364 cars with all options exercised, instead of approximately 1,500 cars. In addition, NYCT asked the Board to approve a modification to the agency's contract with CH2M Hill New York for consulting services for the R211 subway car order, extending its term by a year so consulting services for the R262 order could be completed as under the same contract.[1] In late February 2020, the MTA issued the RFP,[7] with plans to award the contract in early 2021.[2] As of August 2021, the MTA has not announced whether it has awarded the contract.


  1. ^ With the exception of the 7 train and the 42nd Street Shuttle, all A Division services operate 10-car trains, consisting of two 5-car sets. Since the number of subway cars in the base order, 504, is not evenly divided by 5, it is clear that a portion of this order will consist of trains in 6-car sets to replace the 22 R62A cars in service on the 42nd Street Shuttle,[3] which now operates 6–car trains as part of its renovation.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d "New York City Transit Committee Meeting January 2020". mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. January 17, 2020. pp. 283–284, 287–288. Retrieved January 18, 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d "Capital Program Oversight Committee Meeting January 2020". mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. January 2020. pp. 78–79. Retrieved January 18, 2020.
  3. ^ Dougherty, Peter (2018). Tracks of the New York City Subway 2018 (PDF). nyctrackbook.com (16th ed.). Dougherty. pp. xlii. OCLC 1056711733. Archived from the original (PDF) on December 5, 2019. Retrieved January 18, 2020.
  4. ^ "Memorandum of Agreement Between Federal Transit Administration New York State Historic Preservation Office New York City Transit Authority Regarding the Times Square Shuttle Station During Contract A-35302, The Reconfiguration of the Times Square Shuttle Station, SHPO Project #17PR00545" (PDF). mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. April 25, 2018. Archived from the original (PDF) on April 25, 2018. Retrieved April 27, 2018.
  5. ^ "Capital Program Oversight Committee Meeting January 2019" (PDF). mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. January 2019. pp. 22, 25. Retrieved January 18, 2019.
  6. ^ "MTA Capital Program 2020-2024". mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. September 16, 2019. pp. 21, 55, 56, 185. Retrieved January 18, 2020.
  7. ^ "MTA issues request for proposals for up to 949 new metro cars". International Railway Journal. February 25, 2020. Retrieved February 25, 2020.