7000-Series Cars from Nebraska Debuted April 14, 2015

7000-Series Cars from Nebraska Debuted April 14, 2015

For paying customers, the maiden voyage of the new 7000-series rail cars on the Blue line began at the Franconia-Springfield station. Partially manufactured in the Kawasaki Motors plant in Lincoln, Nebraska, these railcars are a significant step forward in both safety and rider comfort. With their cool, brushed stainless steel exteriors, slip-resistant flooring, ergonomically engineered seats and digital signage, they are a quantum leap from the 1970s-era vehicles they will replace.

Metro has 24 of the new cars at its training and maintenance facility in Hyattsville, Md., and spokesman Dan Stessel said those will be rolled out in coming weeks. The agency recently received preliminary approval to purchase an additional 220 railcars as part of the Kawasaki contract, but board members, who represent the District, Maryland, Virginia and the federal government, have not yet approved the $850 million needed for power and infrastructure upgrades that would enable the system to run all eight-car trains. Metro officials also are examining other scenarios that would cost less money.

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