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WMATA issues RfPs for new 8000-series railcar procurement, US [free access]

September 5, 2018

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) has issued a request for proposals (RfPs) for the design and construction of 256 railcars of the 8000-series, with the option to procure up to 800 railcars. The deadline for the RfPs is late January 2019 and the contract is expected to be awarded in late 2019. The railcars are scheduled to be delivered in 2024.The 8000-series railcars will feature advanced safety technology, digital system maps, automated announcements and 110-V power outlets for charging electronic devices. The order is part of the WMATA’s plans to upgrade and replace its fleet.