Asset Category: Vehicles/Vehicle Parts
Metro runs the 2nd
largest rail transit system, the 6th largest bus system and the
8th largest paratransit service in the United States. In FY 2009, ridership on the
Metrorail system was over 220 million and ridership on the Metrobus system was over 130 million. Metro’s revenue service fleet consists of more than 1,100 rail cars and approximately 1,500 buses. Rehabilitation and replacement of Metro’s
vehicle fleet are essential to delivering safe, reliable, and comfortable service to our customers. Prior investments in Metro’s vehicle fleet have increased the average distance between breakdowns and increased the energy efficiency of the fleet. In order to maintain and build on these improvements, a sustained capital program is necessary.
Performance – Vehicles/ Vehicle Parts Needs by Project Type ($2.6 Billion)
Metro’s program of comprehensive mid-life rehabilitations has kept its rail and bus fleet in a state of good performance and has extended the useful life of the fleet. With mid-life rehabs, the useful life of a Metrobus is 15 years, and the useful life of a Metrorail car is 40 years. The Metrobus fleet has been modern- ized through a program of normal replacement. Now, for the first time since the system began service in 1976, Metro must begin a replacement program for its rail cars. The oldest rail cars (the 1000-Series) were purchased between 1974 and 1978, and will need to be replaced. This normal replacement pro- gram will also introduce new technologies and improved customer features (e.g., lighting). Both bus and rail fleet plans (approved by the Metro Board and the Federal Transit Administration in 2007) are available on Metro’s website, www.wmata.com.
Replacement of Rail Cars
Metro’s vehicle fleet also includes service vehicles, such as patrol cars used by the MTPD or light-duty trucks used by maintenance personnel. These vehicles are necessary for the security of Metro’s passengers and employees and for the transportation of materials and equipment to different locations throughout the Metro transit zone. Locations include rail stations, rail right-of-ways, ser- vice and inspection yards, maintenance facilities, revenue collection facilities, public parking facilities and Metrobus stops. Metro’s transit zone consists of the District of Columbia, the suburban Maryland counties of Montgomery and Prince George’s and the Northern Virginia counties of Arlington, Fairfax and Loudoun and the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax and Falls Church. With such a l a r g e t r a n s i t z o n e , M e t r o ’ s s e r v i c e v e h i c l e s n e e d t o b e r e p l a c e d o n a r e g u l a r cycle similar to that of the rail and bus fleet.
Replacement of Buses
Rehabilitation of Rail Cars
Rehabilitation of Buses
Vehicle Replacement Components
Purchase of MetroAccess Vehicles
Replacement of Service Vehicles
The figure breaks down Metro’s Performance - Vehicles/ Vehicle Parts needs ($2.6 billion over the next ten years) by project type. A brief description of each project type follows.
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