These railcars have a stainless steel body, closed circuit TV cameras, LCD map displays and LED screens to help passengers find their track location, wider aisles, and non-slip flooring. (Metro photo)

Washington Transit Agency's New Railcars Unveiled

The first 7000-series train will be tested for months before the new cars carry passengers, according to the agency.

Politicians from throughout Maryland are scheduled to be on hand Jan. 6 when the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit, known as Metro, unveils its newest railcars. This 7000-series train begins "a new era of safety, comfort and convenience for Metrorail riders," and it answers a National Transportation Safety Board recommendation by replacing the agency's oldest rolling stock, according to the agency.

Among those scheduled to attend are U.S. Sens. Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin, Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, Washington, D.C., Mayor Vincent C. Gray, NTSB Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman, U.S. Rep. Steny Hoyer, Federal Transit Administrator Peter Rogoff, and Metro General Manager and CEO Richard Sarles. The first train will be tested for several months before the new cars enter passenger service, according to the transit agency.

The ceremony will take place at the agency's Greenbelt station at 10:30 a.m. EST. According to the agency, the railcar contract was awarded to Kawasaki Rail Car, Inc. on July 26, 2010, for 528 railcars.

These railcars have a stainless steel body, closed circuit TV cameras, LCD map displays and LED screens to help passengers find their track location, wider aisles, non-slip flooring, digital public address systems, and more reliable door systems, according to Metro.

Product Showcase

  • NoiseCHEK Personal Noise Dosimeter

    SKC NoiseCHEK is the easiest-to-use dosimeter available! Designed specifically for OEHS professionals, SKC NoiseCHEK offers the easiest operation and accurate noise measurements. Everything you need is right in your palm. Pair Bluetooth models to your mobile devices and monitor workers remotely with the SmartWave dB app without interrupting workflow. Careful design features like a locking windscreen, sturdy clip, large front-lit display, bright status LEDs, and more make NoiseCHEK the top choice in noise dosimeters. Demo NoiseCHEK at AIHA Connect Booth 1003. Read More


    With alkaline or rechargeable options, these safety rated, Class 1, Div. 1 Headlamps provide long runtime with both spot and flood options in the same light. Work safely and avoid trip hazards with flexible hands-free lighting from Streamlight. Read More

  • Safety Knives

    The Safety Knife Company has developed a quality range of safety knives for all industries. Designed so that fingers cannot get to the blades, these knives will safely cut through cardboard, tape, strapping, shrink or plastic wrap or a variety of other packing materials. Because these knives have no exposed blades and only cut cardboard deep, they will not only protect employees against lacerations but they will also save product. The Metal Detectable versions have revolutionary metal detectable polypropylene knife bodies specifically for the food and pharmaceutical industries. This material can be detected and rejected by typical detection machines and is X-ray visible. Read More