Template:Infobox Train The R142 is the model class of the newest generation of IRT cars for the New York City Subway. Built by Bombardier in Plattsburgh, New York and Barre, Vermont from 1999–2002, the fleet, along with the R142A, are the new backbone of the IRT fleet.
The first R142s were delivered in November 1999. Regular service began in mid-2000 after several months of testing. The R142s and R142As replaced all of the Redbirds—the R26, R28, R29, R33, R33 WF, R36 and R36 WF IRT cars.
There are two types of cars: "A" (cab at one end) and "B" (no cabs). "A" cars are powered with four traction motors each. "B" cars are powered by two traction motors at the number two end (car ends are numbered on the lower body just above the truck). The trains are linked up in A-B-B-B-A sets (Bo'Bo'-Bo'2'-Bo'2'-Bo'2'-Bo'Bo), but also can be linked in sets of 4, 6, 9, or 11 cars.
The R142 and R142As were the first cars to feature recorded announcements. An announcement for a station and the next stop comes in the configuration of station name, subway line transfers, connections to other forms of transportation, and if the station has a bus connection to LaGuardia Airport or John F. Kennedy International Airport. After the doors open, the announcements tell the destination, line, local or express service, and next stop. The door warning is then played and the doors close with the standard tones.
The recorded announcements are by:
- Jessica Ettinger-Gottesman, 1010 WINS Anchor: Announcements on the Lexington Avenue Line (4)(5)(6)
- Melissa Kliner: original announcements on the 4 and 5 outside of Manhattan; these have since been re-recorded by Ettinger-Gottesman
- Diane Thompson: announcements on the Broadway – Seventh Avenue Line (2).
- Charlie Pellett: "Stand Clear of the Closing doors, please" and various public announcements, such as safety announcements, announcements about a delay, and station transfers.
These people were news anchors with Bloomberg Radio at the time the announcements were recorded. Since then, Ettinger-Gottesman and Pellett are now at 1010 WINS-AM and Sirius Satellite Radio working with Howard Stern and his Howard 100 news team.
On a Bronx-bound 5 Express train stopping at 125th Street:
If a train is being rerouted from its normal route, the proper announcements will change. For example, if a 2 train is traveling via the IRT Lexington Avenue Line, Jessica Ettinger-Gottesman's voice is used to announce the incoming and next stations, since her voice is used for the 4, 5, and 6, the three services which normally run on this line. Diane Thompson's voice, however, is used to inform passengers of the train number, destination, and express/local designation.
- "Some New Subway Cars Put Into Service Monday" NY1 - 10 July 2000. Retrieved on 24 April 2008
- Chan, Sewell. "New Subway Cars Promise All Kinds of Information", 2005-11-30. Retrieved on 2007-10-27.
- Watch in High Quality
- Of the two detached trucks in front of 6735, the one directly in front is an R142 trailer truck and the second one in front is an R142 motor truck
- http://nycsubway.org/cars/r142.html R142 on NYC Subway.org
- " A Ride on the IRT R142 (2) train via (1) from 103rd to 137th Street" Retrieved on 19 June 2010
- Bombardier - R142
- nycsubway.org - NYC Subway Cars: R142
- R142 Motor Truck
- R142 Traction Motor
- Car Status/Assignment
- Train Set Assignments
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|Current fleet||IND/BMT/SIR: R32 - R32A - R38 - R40 - R40A - R42 - R44 - R46 - R68 - R68A - R143 - R160A - R160B - R211 - R153B - R213 Soul Train |
|IND/BMT: R1 - R4 - R6 - R7 - R7A - R9 - R10 - R11 - R16 - R27 - R30 - R30A - R34 - R110B|
Redbirds (IRT): R26 - R28 - R29 - R33 - R33 WF - R36 - R36 WF
|Never built||IRT/BMT: R39|
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