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      Metro unveils new 7000-series rail car

      The 7000-series coming off a cargo ship. (Photo: metroforward.posterous.com)

      Metro has unveiled the next generation rail car, a major milestone, it says, toward improving safety, reliability and customer convenience.

      The 7000-series represents the largest investment in Metro’s fleet in the system’s history. A full-scale mock-up of the rail cars was unveiled in Landover Wednesday.

      The blue and grey colors were picked because they're thought to be soothing. there are more handholds for people to hold on to and the seats have more leg room and better back support.

      Unless you're asleep, you won't miss your exit with the new display boards that let you know where you are and where you’re going. And once you get there, no worries about getting stuck in between the doors. A new system allows drivers to control doors individually. The outside is also designed to meet new safety standards.

      "The safety of our passengers is our absolute highest priority," said General Manager and CEO Richard Sarles. "The introduction of these new cars will allow us to address another NTSB recommendation and remove all 1000-series cars from service, increasing the overall safety and reliability of the system."

      Costing $2 million a pop, some wonder if new and better will mean a higher fare.

      Production of the cars is expected to begin this winter in Lincoln, Nebraska.

      The first of the more than 350 new cars are expected to go into service in 2014.

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