You may not count on to see a prepare automotive on the National Mall, however will probably be the norm all by means of this week.

Metro is providing the general public a sneak peek into its new 8000 Series rail vehicles and zero-emission buses.
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Visitors are given the possibility to really step inside a life-size duplicate of the 8000 Series rail automotive.
(WTOP/Grace Newton)

WTOP/Grace Newton

The Fleet of the Future Expo is happening on the National Mall from March 20 by means of April 3.
(WTOP/Grace Newton)

WTOP/Grace Newton

You may not count on to see a prepare automotive on the National Mall in D.C., however will probably be the norm all by means of this week.

Metro is providing the general public a sneak peek into its new 8000 Series rail automotive and zero-emission buses by means of the Fleet of the Future Expo, held on the National Mall from now by means of April 3.

“It’s actually nice to see that there’s a lot room for folks after occasions or huge occasions and even whenever you’re simply on a crowded rush hour prepare,” stated Alex Dodds, who was visiting the show together with her two sons.

Visitors are given the possibility to really step inside a life-size duplicate of the 8000 Series rail automotive and take a look at the brand new options.

“I did see that there’s a particular spot only for strollers, which is very nice,” Dodds stated. “As somebody who has had little children within the metropolis, it’s so laborious getting a giant stroller onto a crowded prepare.”

New options on the rail automotive embrace bench-style seating, wider aisles and new digital buyer info.

The new rail vehicles and buses come years after Metro ridership plummeted in the course of the pandemic with many staff working remotely. Ridership numbers have since started to recuperate.

“I’m certain a giant a part of why the metro system is having this expo on the Mall and exhibiting folks the brand-new, incredible-looking Metro vehicles is to assist encourage individuals who modified their commute patterns in the course of the pandemic to begin driving Metro once more,” Dodds stated.

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