Exterior and interior design for a new fleet of subway trains for New York City. The design of public transportation constitutes a significant part of urban experience, thus contributes to the city's image. Here, the essence of the design is to materialize a balance, which reflects the negotiation amongst various conflicting interests, such as operational efficiency, initial production cost, long-term maintenance cost, passenger comfort, ADA requirement, vandal-proofing, etc. The R142 was the first new technology train for the system's IRT division and more than 1500 cars have been produced.
The R143 subway car is designed for New York City Transit’s “L” Line. It is the first new technology train for the system’s IND/BMT division, which has different equipment standards from the IRT division, necessitating a different design from the one we developed for the R142 car. Most noticeably, the cars are longer and wider with a new design for the front, based on a different type of structure.
The R160 is an evolution of the R143, also for the IND/BMT division. A new design feature is the electronic interior route/stop display sign, called FIND (Flexible Information Display). It consists of a multicolor LCD screen displaying route and destination and a multicolor LED strip map. The strip map always displays the next ten stations and additionally five “further stops” cycling through all remaining stations.