How old is your subway train?

Metro breaks down how old the MTA's subway cars are by line.

Last month, as the end of Albany’s legislative session loomed without an agreement to fund the $14 billiongap in the MTA’s Capital Program, transit advocatesstaged 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 in1964, 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.


Total number of subway cars in service: 6,383

Average age ofthe 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.

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