Last month, as the end of Albany’s legislative session loomed without an agreement to fund the $14 billion gap in the MTA’s Capital Program, transit advocates staged a premature funeral to mourn the potential loss of new subway cars. 

Which got Metro wondering, how old is the subway train you’re sitting on right now?

If you’re riding a C, J or Z train, it could have been built in 1964, the last chance to be born a baby boomer, the year Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. won the Nobel Peace Prize and when The Beatles’ “I Want to Hold Your Hand” topped the charts. A stamp cost 5 cents, and a trip to the movies $1.25

The MTA currently has 222 of the R-32 “Brightliners” running on the C, J and Z lines. 

The MTA’s youngest cars were introduced the year the Secret Service cut three agents’ assignments short, sending them home from the Netherlands after a night of drinking that left one passed out in a hotel hallway. That same year, LeBron James returned to Cleveland, and the world’s most eligible bachelor, George Clooney, got hitched. Sound familiar? It just happened. In 2014, 91 new R-188 trains were put into service on the 7 line. 

The age of New York City subway trains vary by model type, and the year they were put into service.

The MTA is expecting to introduce a new class of R-179 trains, still in production upstate, in 2017 to replace the oldest trains in the system.  

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Total number of subway cars in service: 6,383 

Average age of the cars in the MTA’s fleet: 19

Oldest car: 51 years

Youngest car: 1 year

Ideal retirement age: 40 years

Age of service by subway line: 

1 train: 28 to 31 years old 

2 train: 12 to 15 years old 

3 train: 30 to 31 years old

4 train: 10 to 15 years old

5 train: 12 to 15 years old 

6 train: 10 to 30 years old

7 train: 1 to 30 years old 

A train: 38 to 40 years old

B: 26 to 29 years old

C: 5 to 51 years old

D: 27 to 29 years old

E: 5 to 8 years old

F: 5 to 40 years old

G: 27 to 29 years old

J, Z: 5 to 51 years old  

L: 12 to 13 years old

M, N, Q: 5 to 8 years old

R: 5 to 40 years old 

Shuttle: 27 to 40 years old

Editor’s note: Age of trains in service were public records provided by the MTA.