New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority, MTA, completed the implementation of Automatic Train Operation technology to improve transport services on the Flushing Line (Line 7) in Queens. It is city’s second line benefiting ATO technology, after Line L.
In December 2018, MTA introduced the Communications Based Train Control (CBTC) system on Line 7 that has already led to dramatic increases in on-time performance and other metrics associated with good service. The Automatic Train Operation is expected to further improve customer commutes on the line.
“I am tremendously proud and excited to announce that New York City Transit train operators are now running the entire Flushing Line using automatic train operation, which will make trips smoother and faster for all our customers on that line. It’s no coincidence that the two lines with CBTC and ATO have the best performance in the system,” NYC Transit President, Andy Byford, said.
ATO and CBTC have also helped NYC Transit increase the number of peak trains per hour on the Line 7, to 29 from 25-27, providing service for an additional 2,400 to 4,800 people per hour. On-time performance increased from 74.7% the month before CBTC was installed to 91% in March 2019. Last year, on-time performance was 55.5%.
In addition, in November 2018, 89.3% was the percentage of scheduled trains during peak hours on Line 7, and the month after CBTC was installed, it increased to 95%, and further to 96.8% in March 2019.