Rail

D.C. Metro unveils new full-scale railcar mock-up

Posted on October 10, 2012

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro) unveiled a new full-scale mock-up of its next generation railcars, known as the 7000-series, at an event today.

The new cars represent the largest investment in Metro’s fleet in the system’s history.

Production of the cars is expected to begin this winter in Lincoln, Neb., and is being credited with the creation of about 1,000 new jobs nationwide.

The new fleet of railcars will offer a full slate of safety enhancements and customer amenities, including:

  • Stainless steel car body for increased durability
  • Closed circuit television cameras for added safety and security
  • LCD map displays to allow customers to easily track their location
  • LED screens that provide current and upcoming station information
  • Improved seats that provide more knee room and better lumbar support
  • Wider aisles to facilitate movement within the car
  • Additional space near the doors for standees and wheelchairs
  • Resilient nonslip flooring, rather than carpet
  • Digital public address systems for improved announcement clarity
  • More reliable door systems using proven technology

“The safety of our passengers is our absolute highest priority,” said GM/CEO Richard Sarles. “The introduction of these new cars will allow us to address another NTSB recommendation and remove all 1000-series cars from service, increasing the overall safety and reliability of the system.”

Metro recently announced the closure of five NTSB recommendations.

The hard mock-up will remain on Metro property this month to allow Metro railcar engineers, mechanical teams and train operators to review the design in detail. Following that, the car will be moved to Lincoln, Neb., to facilitate the production of revenue-service cars.

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

More News

Calif.'s Metrolink puts PTC into revenue service demo mode

With this latest accomplishment, Metrolink remains on track to become the nation’s first passenger rail system to have a fully implemented, interoperable PTC system in place.

Alstom to supply signalling, infrastructure for Cairo metro line

The company’s shares in these contracts are worth around $90 million.

Hyperloop to build full-scale track next year

The Quay Valley, Calif. Hyperloop track will be built using HTT’s tube, capsule and station models. It will be instrumental in optimizing passenger system needs — such as loading, departure and safety considerations — to ensure Hyperloop is ready for larger-scale operation.

Keolis/MBTA make strides with commuter rail snowstorm recovery

Milestones include the completion of snow and ice removal from all platforms and critical rail switches system-wide, as well as the addition of supplemental trains, doubledecker and standard passenger cars to increase capacity and combat overcrowding.

Alstom to deliver to Sydney Citadis X05

Company is responsible for the integrated tramway system, which includes the design, delivery and commissioning of 30 coupled Citadis X05 trams; power supply equipment, including APS -ground power supply; signaling systems, the energy recovery system HESOP, depot equipment and maintenance.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

Please sign in or register to .    Close