Kawasaki Railcar Gets Washington Metro Orders

5 April 2010 (Last Updated April 5th, 2010 18:30)

A total of 748 new cars will be delivered to the Washington metro network in the US by Kawasaki Railcar for $1.48bn. The Japan-based company will make an initial supply of 364 vehicles, costing $765m, according to railwaygazette.com. The first 64 cars of the 7000-series will

A total of 748 new cars will be delivered to the Washington metro network in the US by Kawasaki Railcar for $1.48bn.

The Japan-based company will make an initial supply of 364 vehicles, costing $765m, according to railwaygazette.com.

The first 64 cars of the 7000-series will be ordered for Phase 1 of Dulles International Airport Corridor expansion.

Assembled as four semi-permanently coupled cars, the 7000-series will allow running of eight-car trainsets during peak periods.

Delivery of the first 64 cars is expected by 1 April, 2014.

Another 300 units are expected to replace the system's original 35-year-old 1000-series cars.

The delivery of these units are expected to be complete by 1 March, 2016.