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Washington Metro Receives New 7000-Series Railcar

By January 12, 2014

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Washington Metro has received its first next generation railcar -the 7000-series, which represents a major milestone toward improving safety, reliability and customer convenience. The first 7000-series trains, which will all be eight-cars in length, are expected to enter service late this year. By 2018, more than half of Metrorail's fleet is expected to be comprised of 7000-series cars. The new fleet will offer a full slate of 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
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