Government Issues

WMATA introduces first of 7000-series railcars

Posted on January 7, 2014

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) celebrated the arrival of the first new state-of-the-art railcar prototypes for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s (WMATA) Metrorail system.

The four new cars will belong to a fleet of more than 500 new railcars, all made in the U.S., which are designed to provide a safer, more comfortable ride for millions of passengers and expand the Metrorail system’s capacity overall. FTA provided more than $100 million toward the purchase.

The new 7000-series railcars will be deployed throughout Metrorail’s entire fleet, including on the new Silver Line as it expands to serve Dulles International Airport.

The railcars will replace all 300 of the Metrorail 1000-series cars that have been in service for 40 years — fulfilling a key safety recommendation from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) following the fatal Metrorail accident at Fort Totten Station in June 2009, which involved some of these cars. The WMATA accident, following other incidents in Chicago, Boston and elsewhere, spurred the Obama Administration to seek and ultimately secure new federal safety oversight authority.

The U.S. Department of Transportation estimates that WMATA faces an estimated $4.2 billion backlog in capital investments needed to bring its entire system, including rail and transit buses, into a state of good repair. WMATA has embarked on an ambitious six-year, $5 billion capital improvement program to modernize its entire system.

FTA has provided $44.8 million in funding specifically to help fund the replacement of the 1000-series railcars. In addition, FTA has committed $58.3 million for 64 new railcars through the Capital Investment Grant Program (New Starts), as part of a $900 million construction grant agreement with the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority for Phase 1 of the Metrorail Silver Line extension project.

The new cars must still undergo operational testing on local tracks and the initial batch is expected to begin serving riders in late 2014.

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

NJ TRANSIT receives $147M grant for Sandy repairs

The funds will be used to replace and raise the signal and communications systems on the Morris & Essex lines and along a portion of the North Jersey Coast line, as well as repair damage to electric power and distribution systems used by Hudson-Bergen Light Rail, with other long-term recovery projects also are funded.

Foxx wraps bus tour, announces proposed rail safety rulemaking

The rule would require adoption and enforcement of federal and state safety laws, and require SSOAs to be financially and legally independent of the rail transit systems they oversee.

Foxx bus tour makes stop in Charlotte N.C.

Visit is part of a four-day, five state bus tour, The GROW AMERICA Express, highlighting the importance of investing in America’s infrastructure and to encourage Congress to act on a long-term transportation bill.

Foxx kicks off bus tour with Florida visits

Making two stops in Tallahassee, Fla., the GROW AMERICA Express will include visits to universities, manufacturers, bridges, freight facilities and highway projects in an effort to raise awareness of America’s infrastructure deficit.

Foxx bus tour to highlight need for infrastructure investment

The GROW AMERICA Express will visit communities that have created jobs and new opportunities by investing in transportation, as well as communities with transportation projects that are waiting on much needed funding.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

Please sign in or register to .    Close