WMATA begins to retire troublesome 4000-series cars

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WASHINGTON — The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority is beginning to retire its 4000-series railcars, General Manager Paul Wiedefeld announced on Feb. 6.

The 100 cars, manufactured in 1991 by AnsaldoBreda of Genoa, Italy, have been a chronic maintenance headache for the transit system. Last fall, a glitch in the cars' automatic train controls led WMATA to use them only in the middle of six- or eight-car trainsets.

Metro officials say that the 4000s were the system's least reliable vehicles, averaging only 27,259 miles in service, compared with 103,000 miles for the best-performing 6000-series cars.

The first of the 4000-series cars will be removed on Feb. 15, and taken by truck to Baltimore to be scrapped, Metro said. The rest of the 4000s, and the 40-year-old 1000-series cars, will be off the property by the end of the year.

Taking the cars out of service is part of WMATA's Back2Good program, aimed at improving the reliability of the system's fleet.

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