LIRR debuts new M9 train during morning commute

Kimberly Dole
September 11, 2019 - 11:37 am

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- The Long Island Rail Road rolled out their first new train cars in nearly two decades during Wednesday's morning rush hour.

The eight-car M9 train debuted at 6:50 a.m., going from Huntington to Hunterspoint Avenue with additional runs throughout the day on the Hempstead and Babylon lines.


The LIRR will add additional cars in the upcoming weeks and months until all 202 are added to the fleet which is estimated to be by March 2021.

"We're proud to be putting it into passenger service. Our customers have been very patient, and we appreciate that," LIRR president Phillip Eng said while onboard the train during a preview run for the media Tuesday. "This is exactly what they've been telling us they need: a reliable fleet, a clean fleet."

M7 electric cars were introduced by the LIRR in 2007 and make up the majority of the trains used.

The new trains are expected to replace many the the M3 cars which are nearly 40 years old and still make up approximately 12 percent of the LIRR's train fleet.

The M9 cars have similar gray and navy blue with blue vinyl seating color scheme as the M7 cars, but Eng called the new cars "state-of-the-art" cars, as they include several new amenities, including electrical outlets at every row of seats, automatic pocket doors in between train cars that open with the press of a button, and digital displays that tell riders which car they’re in.

A digital display on the exterior of the front car of the train will inform passengers waiting on platforms of the train's destination.

Other features include slightly wider seating, "no-touch” hand dryers in bathrooms; increased window tint that reduces sun glare; four 32-inch multimedia screens showing ads and service information in each car.

The first cars were supposed to debut the trains in May, but due to some manufacturing snags, such as design problems and a derailment last year of several of the cars the date was pushed back.

The LIRR requires every car to log 4,000 miles of test runs it can be put into service.

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