The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority transported the first of the system’s least reliable railcar series to a scrap yard Wednesday to be replaced by a 7000 series railcar.
“The 4000 are dogs, lemons, bananas, whatever you want to call them,” said Metro board member Tom Bulger, who represents Washington, D.C. “They haven’t performed as well.”
Bulger said the gradual replacement of the 4000 series railcars, the least reliable of the fleet, will lead to fewer delays for riders.
“We think it’s going to be a great thing for our customers, our patrons, and not have as many breakdowns,” Bulger said.
Metro spokesperson Richard Jordan said a tractor trailer picked up a 4000 series railcar from Greenbelt around 9 a.m. Wednesday and delivered it to a Baltimore scrap yard, and then it delivered a 7000 series railcar that went through inspection to Greenbelt.
“Instead of delivering the truck without anything, we’re taking the old car on that truck,” Jordan said. “It’s just efficient that way.”
Bulger said he hopes that all of the railcars from the 4000 series will be in the scrap yard by the end of the year, as scheduled.
Metro had originally planned to administer a mid-life tune-up to 4000 series railcars, but the organization cancelled that with federal approval due to cost.
“We made this decision to not do mid-life modernization for the 4000 series because that would not be economically feasible,” Bulger said.
“We got approval of FTA months ago to scrap them. That’s what we’re doing.”