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September 10, 2012 5:21:49 AM PDT
Some New York City subway cars that are due to be replaced in the coming years are going out in style.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority's New York City Transit has been doing some cleanup work on 222 stainless-steel R32 subway cars. The cars are the remaining parts of a 600-car fleet that was first introduced to the city's subway system in 1964.

The cars are due to be replaced starting in 2014, but they're getting a little refurbishing now. The $25 million project includes work on the cars' brakes and door systems, as well as replacing vandalized windows.

Four cars a week are being overhauled.

The R32s run on the A and C lines, and can be differentiated by their ridged sides. Newer cars have smooth sides.

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