Richard Barone, the vice president of the Regional Plan Association, an urban research and advocacy organization, said public transit systems in other cities also have a mix of older and newer cars, but they are much more effective at refurbishing their old cars. “Unlike other systems, the M.T.A. does not give its cars a full midlife capital rehabilitation — it makes repairs to the critical systems — but does not gut and upgrade the interiors or exteriors and replace all mechanical systems,” he said. “This approach essentially rebuilds the cars, aside from structural age, making them almost new again.”
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