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“Metro to retire all 1000- and 4000-series railcars by July 1, months ahead of schedule”

by Prince Of Petworth June 7, 2017 at 11:00 am 25 Comments


Photo by PoPville flickr user nevermindtheend

From WMATA:

“Every 1000- and 4000-series railcar — Metro’s oldest and least-reliable cars, respectively — will be decommissioned and permanently removed from passenger service by July 1, months ahead of original projections, Metro announced today.

Under Metro’s Back2Good program, announced earlier this year, Metro had accelerated the retirement of the 1000- and 4000-series railcars as new, more reliable 7000-series railcars arrive, resulting in improved service, fewer offloads and delays.

New 7000-series cars are up to six times more reliable than the cars they are replacing, traveling more than 176,000 miles between delays in April. By contrast, Metro’s least-reliable 4000-series cars traveled an average of only 27,259 miles between delays in 2016.

“By retiring the last of our oldest and least reliable railcars, we will be in a much better position to deliver more reliable service for our customers,” said Metro General Manager Paul J. Wiedefeld. “We have already seen the positive results of this effort in the form of fewer railcar-related delays and fewer offloads.”

  • northeazy

    Wait–so every Metro train will now be those fancy new ones? All is forgive Metro if that is the case.

    • Zach

      Nope – you’ll still be riding 2000, 3000, 5000, and 6000 series cars as well.

      • FridayGirl

        Boy, it really would give them a huge boost if they were all just the fancy new cars (and they just dumped all the old ones). I’ve successfully avoided metro for 4 years but I almost ~want~ to ride those new trains.

  • theharleyquinn

    Was there ever a solution to the 7000s series cars causing those vibrations in Petworth?

    • jonah

      That is still be tested by an outside consulting firm. They have chosen a handful of homes to install vibration sensors to collect data.

    • anon29

      Along these lines, I am curious to see if Metro has done any studies to see how the heavier cars will impact the longevity of the tracks and also maintenance of the tracks due to the heavier load.

    • Commentator

      I believe they’ve determined it’s the rail fasteners causing the vibration issues, although they may still be testing. There was some talk of them being defective or having a much shorter lifespan than anticipated along the curves.

      • Ben

        That makes sense. For a while there was a very loud and noticeable “ca-clunk” as you entered Petworth from C-Heights. I haven’t heard/felt it in a while so I suspect it was just because of lack of track maintenance…

        • Tom

          I used to notice a clunky noise and a bump between Fort Totten and Brookland going south toward the downtown core, but I think there’s still one between Fort Totten and Takoma going north toward the Glenmont end. They did say they’d still be working on the interlockings. Then again, I’m not an engineer, so I might not be the guy to consult on this one.

  • Patrick Division

    Huh. I just figured they’d spontaneously combust and then the Metro “workers” would sweep up the ashes at their convenience.

  • eckington chick

    Is anyone going to turn one of the decommissioned metro cars into a 24hr Diner?

  • Commentator

    This is great news and should help reduce the disabled train delays that plague the system.

  • Anonymous

    The lumbar support on the 7000 series seats is much to high and quite uncomfortable for shorter people.

    • David T.

      Funny you mention this… I’m 6′ tall and each time I’ve been seated in a new 7000 series Metro car, I’ve noted how much more comfortable and supportive the seats are. To each his/her own, I guess.

      • Wednesday Addams-Morgan

        And I’m 5’2″ and also find them really comfortable! Maybe I just have a longer torso than Anon, who knows?

        • FridayGirl

          Shrug. I’m also on the short side and I absolutely love the new cars and also find them very comfortable (and less gross, which is obviously very important).

          • Bobert

            “I’ve successfully avoided metro for 4 years but I almost ~want~ to ride those new trains.”
            .
            Few posts up, you mentioned that you haven’t ridden the metro in 4 years yet you find the new seats to be comfortable?

        • cx20020

          I’m 6’1″ and find these seats really uncomfortable!

      • Hill Denizen

        I’m 5’6″ with a relatively short torso and love them. It’s one of the few seats where I feel comfortable sitting like a normal person with both feet on the ground. Normally, I have to slouch down and put my knees up on the seat in front of me or at the very least cross my legs.

    • crayons

      I’ve notice that lumbar is more uncomfortable too for longer rides. However, with fewer seats, you are more likely to be standing anyway. But hey, at least they’re clean and more reliable and that’s huge.

    • Pleasanter

      I also wish they were cushioned more – I have a bony butt.

    • Commentator

      I ended up liking them more than I thought I would, but I also spent years on subway systems that had hard, plastic seats so I’m easy to please.

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