New M9 Rail Cars Will Provide a Full Slate of Amenities to LIRR Customers

The new M9 Rail cars, designed and built by Kawasaki Rail Car, Inc. for LIRR, will provide a full slate of amenities to LIRR customers, including:

Seating and Car Interiors

  • Closed loop seat armrests
  • Electrical outlets on both sides of car in each row of seats
  • 4-6 Additional seats per married pair (217 seats/pair)
  • Suspension system flip seats (Prevents slamming)
  • Slightly increased width of seats
  • Increased window tint (reduces sun glare)
  • Energy efficient LED lighting


Signage and Information

  • Consistent car number display (“Car 2 of 6”)
  • Four 32” multimedia screens in each car
  • Text-to-Speech service updates
  • Front of car exterior destination signs (visible as train approaches station)



  • Electrically-powered B-End door: features a press pad customers and crew can press to activate the opening of the door – when the pad is pressed, the door and the door in the adjoining car automatically open.
  • Quieter side doors which operate with less impact force and are easier to open manually in an emergency


Toilet Rooms

  • Improved doors
  • Additional coat hooks
  • Additional quality treatment
  • Improved design for cleanliness and touchless experience
  • High Velocity “no touch” toilet room hand drier
  • Scratch-proof mirror


The new M9 rail cars will help to expand the LIRR’s fleet capacity and allow for anticipated ridership growth with the completion of East Side Access, the LIRR Expansion Project and other system expansion projects throughout the region. They will be available the opening day of East Side Access Service.