Metro to get rid of all orig­i­nal rail­cars by July 1

The Washington Times Daily - - METRO -

The D.C. re­gion’s sub­way sys­tem will be get­ting rid of all its orig­i­nal, 40-year-old rail­cars by the end of the month.

Metro an­nounced Tuesday that all of its 1000 and 4000 Se­ries rail­cars will be per­ma­nently re­moved of ser­vice by July 1.

The 1000 Se­ries cars date back to the open­ing of the Metro sys­tem in 1976.

The 4000 Se­ries cars are not as old, but have long been con­sid­ered the least re­li­able cars in the sys­tem.

Metro is adding 20 new cars per month to its fleet and cur­rently has 43 new trains in ser­vice, which has al­lowed the sys­tem to phase out the old cars.

Gen­eral Man­ager Paul Wiede­feld says ser­vice has be­come more re­li­able as a re­sult.

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