WMATA seeks builder for next generation subway cars

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WASHINGTON — The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority is requesting bids to build the next generation of subway cars.

The 8000-series cars are expected to arrive on the system in early 2024. They are planned to replace 2000- and 3000-series cars that are nearing their 40-year service life. The new cars also may allow 6000-series cars to retire early, according to a Sept. 4 agency news release.

WMATA plans to order 256 of the 8000-series cars, but the request for proposals provides for the acquisition of up to 800 cars. The request indicates no price for the new cars.

“Metro is seeking to build on the success of its 7000-series cars, which today account for more than half of all trains in service,” the news release says. Despite recent news that the 7000-series are being taken out of service to fix a wiring defect, Metro says they are still the most reliable cars in the fleet. Metro expects the last of 748 7000s to arrive in late 2019.

WMATA's announcement says the 8000-series cars will provide links for public-address announcements from Metro's central operating center, digital maps, 110-volt outlets for charging electronic devices, and more handholds and accommodation for persons with disabilities.

The deadline for prospective builders is Jan. 32, 2019.

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