New York City Transit Implements Automatic Train Operation

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (MTA) New York City Transit has completed the implementation of Automatic Train Operation (ATO) on the Flushing 7 Line in Queens. ATO, which programs the train to automatically provide optimal acceleration, braking and cruising speeds, is also implemented on Line L. 

Several months ago, New York City Transit installed a Communications Based Train Control (CBTC) signaling system on the line that has led to increases in on-time performance and other metrics associated with good service.  

"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” said Andy Byford, NYC Transit president. “I am so thankful to our new signals guru Pete Tomlin and the entire NYC Transit signals team, as well as our train operators who are great partners in our efforts to improve service.” 

“It’s no coincidence that the two lines with CBTC and ATO have the best performance in the system, and we’re excited about what the future may bring as we explore emerging additional technologies such as ultra-wideband communications, which could revolutionize the way we modernize the system, as envisaged by our Fast Forward plan,” added Byford.