While it’s still unclear whether or not the Second Avenue Subway will meet its December opening date, it does look like the rails themselves are just about ready to take on riders. Over the weekend, Youtube user Dj Hammers spotted the agency running trains past the line’s Lexington Avenue-63rd Street station (where a public area has already opened), testing out the third rail, signals and track.
According to Tech And Transit, Sunday was a milestone event for the MTA and marked the first day of testing on the freshly minted line.
The MTA brought up R160s from Coney Island Yard and a set of R68As, and all trains were weighted down with heavy plates to simulate actual riding conditions. The trains zipped along the rails between 57th Street-7th Avenue on the Q line and 96th Street-2nd Avenue.
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