ROCKVILLE, Md. (WJLA) – Metro’s brand new 7000 series rail cars debuted on the Red Line Monday morning.
The new cars, which Metro says are cleaner, safer and offer a smoother ride, debuted on the Blue Line back in April.
The first 7000 series train departed Shady Grove at 7:01 a.m.
The new cars feature wider aisles, electronic signs, no-slip flooring instead of carpeting, and sleek blue seats that are more comfortable, replacing the brown and orange color scheme in the old cars.
“This is a much more rider-friendly rail car,” Sherri Ly, Media Relations Manager for WMATA tells ABC 7. “It’s really the next generation of rail cars.”
WMATA is in the process of acquiring about 740 more cars to replace the 1000 series metro cars currently in use, which are more than 40 years old.
Metro says it will spend about $1.5 billion over the next several years to replace all of its rail cars.