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CBTC finally makes its L line debut

by Benjamin Kabak

After years of delays, millions of dollars in cost overuns and countless weekend service changes, communications-based train control made its L line debut this morning at 12:22 a.m. The system will allow NYC Transit to decrease headways on the BMT Canarsie line and add trains to a line badly overcrowded. For now, the computer-controlled trains will run only during overnight and off-peak hours before the MTA expands their use into the rush hour time frames. Additionally, both the conductors and motormen will remain on board — the motorman in case something goes wrong and the conductor because the Transit Workers Union objected to the removal. It’s forward progress in technology resisted by the union, and it’s a long, long time coming.

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Mr. Eric February 25, 2009 - 11:44 am

They will NOT be able to add trains. They at most will be able to add ONE more train during the rush that’s it!! This was told to me by the general superintendent of the line.


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