It's still unclear whether the C line will get fresh-from-the-factory cars or what the Journal calls "less-old trains." Old cars still running on the J and Z lines—about a quarter of the fleet—will also be phased out. The new ones will be similar to those already running on many subway lines, with bright lighting and electronic signage.
The money would come from the MTA's capital-projects fund, which is devoted to projects like the Second Avenue subway and cannot be used to, say, avoid the fare increases that are coming in 2013, 2015, and 2017. The agency struck a deal earlier this week with the state legislature to secure billions of dollars for such projects, and enabling it to borrow more money in the future by removing its "bond cap," the Fort Greene Patch reports.
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