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U.S. Transportation Secretary Gives Metro $150 Million to Buy New Railcars

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U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has announced a $150 million grant to help Metro replace outdated rail cars.

The grant matches another $150million provided by Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia.

Nearly $80 million of the money will allow Metro to purchase as many as 300 new 7000-series railcars.

The cars will replace Metro's current 1000-series cars -- cars that were cited by the National Transportation Safety Board as a contributing factor to the severity of passenger injuries and the number of fatalities in the Red Line crash in June of 2009.

The rest of the $300 million will go towards track rehabilitation and elevator and escalator improvements, and other station upgrades.

It includes $10 million specifically aimed at helping the transit agency address safety recommendations made by the NTSB.

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