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New subway cars at Transit Tech High School

You've probably been on a subway, but have you ever been under one?
These two subway cars, which recently ran on the City's E line, are now on custom rails at Transit Tech High School in Brooklyn, where students will have the chance to get in them and under them to train for jobs in the transportation industry. 
"We're pretty confident the skills they learn here will be in use for the next 10-15 years," Principal Larry Kalvar said. "What we had before, most of the systems in place are already obsolete."

"We only had one before, an old car, a red car," a 12th-grader, Symonne Davis, said. "They don't even have red cars anymore."

The MTA donated the two R42 cars after the school, the
 Department of Education, the United Federation of Teachers, and City Council Transporation Committee Chairman John Liu all got together to ask for them.
They cut the ribbon on the cars last week and students are excited to get to work.

"It's going to help me a lot because I'm looking forward to going into the MTA and so that way if I'm running a train I can have hands on experience about what's going on with my future," a 10th-grader, Jamel Lillard, said. 
Principal Kalvar said the majority of Transit Tech graduates go on to college and many pursue degrees in engineering and technology.
About 10 percent of graduates go directly into the workforce, including the MTA. 
Students say the new cars will give them valuable real-world experience no matter which path they choose.
"It's going to give us a more updated advantage knowing we have the skills from high school dealing with modern technology," a 12th-grader, Darius Loutan, said. 

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