Metro Moves Toward Replacing Rail Cars

Monday, Mar 22, 2010  |  Updated 8:46 PM EDT
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Metro Moves Toward Replacing Rail Cars

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Metro officials will present a plan that could lead to the purchase of hundreds of new rail cars.

The $2 billion plan is described at the largest rail procurement in Metro history.

The plan to buy more than 600 new rail cars will be presented at a board meeting on Thursday, WTOP reported.

Metro spokesman Steven Taubenkibel said officials hope to replace the oldest rail cars, which were built in the 1970s.

The entire six-car train that slammed into the back of a parked train in June, killing nine people, was made up of the older rail cars.

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