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Metro To Begin Running New Railcars In Late 2014

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The 7000-series railcar will be put into service in 2014.
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The 7000-series railcar will be put into service in 2014.

Metro's general manager says you should be able to ride the first of a new fleet of modern rail cars late next year.

"A complete departure from what people have seen for the last three or four decades on Washington Metro. It brings us into the 21st century," says Metro's General Manager Richard Sarles. By the end of this year, he says, the first four 7000-series rail cars are expected to arrive in D.C. — and be tested for 30 weeks.

"This is to fine tune the design and the manufacturing process and then the full scale production will start," he explains.

Metro's goal is to spend $2 billion on 748 7000-series rail cars so that by 2018 more than half its fleet is modernized. The 7000-series will not be linked with any older rail cars, and will run only in eight-car trains with modern features starting late next year.

"You can be able to watch a map which shows you where your train is in relation to stations coming up," touts Sarles.

Metro will phase out its 1000- and 4000-series rail cars — and expand the entire fleet by 128 cars for the start of the Silver Line next year.

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