Metro has selected Hitachi Rail to build the system’s 8000-series railcars in the United States. The contract, valued up to an estimated $2.2 billion, includes a base order of 256 railcars, with options to build up to 800 in the fleet. The project is expected to create direct and indirect jobs in the region.
The 8000-series railcars will improve upon the design and features of the new fleet of 7000-series cars, the most reliable in Metro’s history. The base order which includes state-of-the-art safety technology and mechanical design will replace Metro's aging 2000- and 3000-series railcars, which have been in service since the early 1980s, and were designed to be "backward compatible" with Metro's 1970s era design. “
The 8000-series railcars will modernize the Metro fleet with Hitachi building on the success of the newest 7000-series cars to provide reliable, comfortable and safe transportation for our region and contribute to the local economy,” said Metro General Manager/CEO Paul J. Wiedefeld. “The new railcars will take everything customers love about the 7000-series and incorporate the latest technology and features that will serve hundreds of millions of passengers over the cars' 40-year lifespan."
The 8000-series railcars are funded using new dedicated revenue streams established by the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia. In recognition of the region's commitment to Metro's long-term future, Metro structured the procurement process to encourage reinvestment of local tax dollars in the regional economy. Hitachi is exploring sites in the region with plans to add an assembly plant for the 8000-series railcars that will result in direct and indirect local jobs, and return Metro’s investment to the local economy.
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