The Washington Area Transit Authority (WMATA) has awarded Alstom an order worth around 150 million Euros for the supply of 120 heavy rail subway cars.
This order is the exercise of an option provided in the initial contract awarded to Alstom by WMATA in June 2002 for the supply of 62 heavy rail subway cars for the Blue Line extension to Largo Town Center.
WMATA’s bus and metro lines serve nearly 336 million passengers per year in the Washington area. The 120 cars will serve to accommodate continued growth on the Metrorail system, and will also be used to help WMATA expand to eight-car trains.
The cars will be assembled in Alstom’s Hornell, NY facilities. They will be fitted with Alstom’s propulsion technology, ONIXTM traction drives, and an advanced cab signalling system.