WMATA retires 2000-series trains, plans to phase out 3000-series trains starting 2027

WMATA retires 2000-series trains, plans to phase out 3000-series trains starting 2027 Image credit: WMATA

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) has retired its 2000-series trains, which have surpassed their useful life. Over the past 40-plus years, the 2000-series trains operated nearly 200 million miles and carried more than 775 million passengers. Reliability has decreased over the years and parts are getting harder to procure. The 2000-series trains had issues nearly four times as often as the newer 7000-series trains.

Metro’s long-term fleet strategy also calls for phasing out 3000-series trains starting in 2027. At the same time, WMATA expects to start introducing the first of at least 256 new 8000-series "Fleet of the Future" train cars. The remaining fleet will be made up of 6000-series trains, and the newer 7000- and 8000-series trains. Until the 8000-series arrive, the agency expects to have enough trains to accommodate current peak ridership and even up to 33 percent ridership growth before sustained crowding.

Source: WMATA