Washington Metro to Begin Receiving New Subway Rail Cars Soon!!
Washington's WMATA transit autority will soon begin getting some of its new rapid transit cars next year!!
A total of about over 400 cars are on order from Kawasaki in Kobe, Japan with options for an additional 300 cars.
The new cars will be used on the new yet-to-be-opened Silverline, as well as replacements for the much older Rhor 1000 Series cars which were built and put into service since 1976. They were the first set of new cars back then.
The new cars are of the 7000 Series. Here's one of them (below). The forth pic is of the actual car, partially completed.
The fast but aging Rhor cars will begin being phased out in stages, as the new cars begin coming into service.
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Here's a pic of one of the existing trains in use in Washington, DC.
Even though they are older models, they still look very new and sleek to me!!! To the right, partially completed Kawasaki subway car sits outside factory. Note that the cap ends of the car's shell had yet to be installed.
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The new 700 Series subway cars,BTW, will feature some of the very latest state-of-the-art technologically advanced amenities under the hood!!
For instance, stainless steel bodies, GPS navigation which lets passengers know the names of the stations they are approahing, electronic mapping to guide passengers and tell them the places nearest to the stations such as churches, restaurants, clubs, etc., wider doors to better accommodate wheelchair passengers and to expidite easier boarding and exiting from the cars, brighter interior lighting, easy-to-clean tile floors which will replace the carpeted ones in the older cars, lumbar seating for back support, larger windows, new & improved HVAC system for better climate control, and the most technologically advanced and the one most important thing - electronic state-of-the-art auromatic train control to help preclude dangerous collisions!!!!
If a train gets within a little bit too close to the one in front, then the onboard computer will automatcally slow the train down and stop it until there is significant clearance ahead for the train to proceed!! This feature has been a long time coming, and it has been recommended by the NTSB in light of a few deadly collisions that have occured in the past.
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