Operating Longest Possible Trains During the Peak Period
Operating the longest trains possible during the peak periods will maximize the capacity of the existing Metrorail system by enabling operations of 100 percent eight-car trains. Metro will upgrade, replace or expand:
- The rail car fleet
- Traction power substations
- Power cabling
- Third rail
- Train control systems
- Storage tracks and maintenance bays in the yards
Purpose and Need
The Metro system’s core is the destination or transfer point for 80 percent of all rail riders system-wide. Crowded conditions during peak periods exist currently and, without rail fleet expansion, most rail lines will be even more congested by 2025. Operating 100 percent eight-car trains during peak periods and increasing the capacity of transfer stations (under a related initiative) will provide adequate capacity through 2025.
- Allows lines to carry 35,000 more customers per hour during the peak period
- Accelerates the modernization of the rail fleet
- Attains adequate system capacity through 2040
- Provides passengers with comfortable rides, including more seating
- Satisfies latent travel demand with the increased capacity
- Enhances reliability of traction power and related systems
- Allows comprehensive heavy repair and overhaul of aging rail cars in a new central facility
- Upgrade of systems and expansion of facilities should be complete prior to delivery of the new rail cars.
- Improvements of core stations must be concurrent with this program (under a related initiative).
- The long timeframe for developing the heavy repair and overhaul facility requires start in FY2014.
- Dulles Yard expansion should be part of MWAA contract for the initial yard.
Status of Ongoing Projects
- 7000-series cars are being fabricated with options for additional cars, though not enough to attain 100 percent eight-car trains. An 8000-series car must be developed to supply the remainder.
- A survey of traction power conditions (2013) is identifying upgrades of traction power, cabling, third rail and train control.
- 100 percent Eight-car Train Program (2013) is being finalized that will detail all elements of the program.
- Rail Yard Plan (2013) will further define storage and maintenance needs.
- These investments are already included and funded in Metro’s current six-year Capital Improvement Program (CIP):
- Engineering and design of maintenance/storage facilities
- Power upgrades
- Total – $100M
Order of Magnitude Cost Estimate
- $2 billion (2012$)
- $610 million: 220 railcars (7000 series)
- $420 million: 140 railcars (8000 series)
- $370 million: traction power and related systems upgrade
- $600 million: storage and maintenance facilities expansion
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