Metro Tests 8-Car Trains in Preparation for Inauguration

Transit agency upgrades power to handle heavier trains

WASHINGTON -- Metro's going to test eight-car trains to help accommodate more passengers during President-elect Barack Obama's inauguration next month, officials said.
The longer trains, instead of the usual six-car ones, would carry about 300 more people per train, spokesman Steven Taubenkibel said.
Since 2004, Metro has been upgrading its power substations to handle heavier trains.
Metro is testing its power supply before the inauguration so it can be prepared for millions of people expected to flood the Washington area next month, Taubenkibel said.
Metro's goal is to run as many eight-car trains as possible during the inauguration, he said.
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