P.S. It's amazing how long these former Twin City Lines cars have lasted.
PCC Swan Song Nears as New Newark LRVs Prep
On April 27, the famed President's Conference Committee (PCC) light rail
cars, long a staple of the Newark City Subway, are slated to be retired from
regular daily service. The City Subway PCCs, inherited from Minneapolis in
1954, soldiered on for decades as New Jersey first abandoned, then began
rebuilding, LRT operations -- including a one-mile extension of the City
Subway itself through Belleville and Bloomfield, now set to open in the
New Jersey Transit will debut its Kinki Sharyo LRT fleet, which currently
operates on the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail Transit system, on the City Subway
on Monday, April 30. But NJT also is planning a commemoration of the PCC
cars on Saturday, May 5.
No definitive plans for the PCCs has been determined, but NJ Transit
officials, in repeated talks with NJ-ARP, have insisted several cars of the
approximately 26-car fleet (at least 10) will be retained for future
ceremonial use and/or historical preservation. NJT officials also deny
reports of a massive PCC sale to San Francisco, which continues to operate
PCC cars in daily service.