These are renderings of what Metro's new train cars will look like.
Officials say their goal is to develop something sturdy and safe, but also something comfortable and inviting
"The design has a physical aspect, as well as a psychological aspect," says Masamichi Udagawa, an industrial designer Metro brought on to help design the aesthetics of the new cars.
He says the interiors while be a dark blue color, rather than the traditional orange and brown Metro riders are used to.
Udagawa says the reason for the change is that brown isn’t a very popular color.
"People really didn't like seeing the brown again," he laughs. "The color is a very subjective thing. It's very, very context-sensitive. So in the context of the D.C. system, people are a bit tired and maybe bored with brown."
The Kawasaki Company, based out of Japan, is building the train cars and could have them ready by 2013. But Metro says they might be delayed because of the recent earthquake and tsunami.