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Vehicles/Vehicle Parts

Rail Car Fleet Expansion ($605.1 Million)

The Metrorail fleet currently consists of more than 1,100 railcars that are run in a combination of 6-car trains and 8-car trains. When the system began operat- ing in 1976, Metro ran 4- and 6-car trains. During the past five years, Metro has purchased the 184 new 6000-Series railcars to operate 50% of peak period trains as 8-car trains. $2.6 million is required from 2011 to 2014 to complete final acceptance of the 6000-Series rail car purchase.

In order to meet continued projected growth in rail ridership, Metro is planning to run 100% 8-car trains during the peak period. To get to 75% 8-car trains, Metro will need to purchase 130 new 7000-Series railcars, totaling $352.2 million, or $2.7 million per car. To move from 75% to 100% 8-car trains, 90 additional 7000-Series railcars will be required, totaling $261.2 million or $2.9 million per car. Of the total funding required to implement 100% 8-car trains, $10.8 million will be incurred after FY 2020. Metro will link options to purchase all the 220 rail cars necessary for 100% 8-car trains to the 7000-Series rail car procurement contract. By creating a single contract to purchase 520 rail cars (300 cars to replace the 1000-Series rail cars and 220 rail cars to reach 100% 8-car trains), Metro will realize nearly a half billion dollars in capital and operating cost sav- ings through the elimination of a repetitive design, procurement, development and engineering costs, improved design and technology enhancements. The end result will be a new rail car fleet with increased capacity and lower maintenance and operating costs.

CNI Project

Total (YOE, $ Millions)

CNI 069: 75% 8-Car Train – Rail Cars (7000 Series) CNI 068: 100% 8-Car Train – Rail Cars (7000 Series) CNI 062: 6000 Series Rail Car Procurement Total

$352.2 $250.4 $2.6 $605.1

Metro officials envision the 7000-Series rail cars to have a brand new design and look. The rail car would have a stainless steel exterior. Gone would be the wide brown exterior paint stripes. Fiberglass seats would be replaced with s t r o n g e r , y e t t h i n n e r s t a i n l e s s s t e e l f o r m o r e l e g r o o m a n d c a r p e t w o u l d b e

eliminated from the rail cars. All of these new features would substantially decrease maintenance costs. Passengers may also be provided with overhead, spring loaded grab handles. Other possible features include interactive linear maps, automated announcements stating the station names that the trains are

servicing and security cameras.

Rail Car Fleet Expansion includes the following CNI projects:

In order to meet continued projected growth in rail ridership, Metro is planning to run 100% 8-car trains during the peak period. To get to 75% 8-car trains, Metro will need to purchase 130 new 7000-Series railcars, total- ing $352.2 million, or $2.7 million per car. To move from 75% to 100% 8-car trains, 90 additional 7000-Series railcars will be required, totaling $261.2 million or $2.9 million per car.

Investment Category: Customer/Demand 81

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