LIRR Rolls Out New Trains

WCBS 880 Newsroom
September 11, 2019 - 10:25 am
New LIRR Trains

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- The Long Island Rail Road rolled out its first new train cars in nearly two decades on Wednesday morning.

The M9 trains feature navy and gray walls, blue vinyl seats, electrical outlets in every row of seats and digital displays that notify passengers which car they are in.

The seats are also a bit wider and the arm rests are closed-loop, which will prevent riders from getting their clothes snagged on them.

Walking from car to car will become easier because between every other car there will be a door that operates at the push of a button.

“These new cars will offer new amenities and a better environment for our customers,” LIRR President Phil Eng said. “Even if your train isn’t composed of these cars, there’s a good chance they will benefit you because as we receive more of them, we will lengthen many of our busiest trains, providing more seats for more customers.”

The eight-car train left Huntington Station at 6:50 a.m. It will make additional runs throughout the day on the Hempstead and Babylon lines.

This is the first significant addition to the railroad's fleet in nearly two decades. About 200 more cars will be added within the next 2 years.