METRO Houston Unveils New Light Rail Vehicles

The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (METRO), based in Houston, Texas, has debuted the first of 14 new fourth-generation (H4) light rail vehicles (LRV).

These vehicles will run on the METRORail Red Line, which operates in and around downtown Houston.

Metro Houston Rail
METRO debuts new generation of more accessible railcars

The new cars have been designed with an open seating plan and almost four feet of aisle space to improve passenger flow and better accommodate wheelchairs, strollers and passengers with bicycles.

This is METRO Houston’s fourth procurement of LRVs since it opened the Red Line in 2004 with 18 rail cars.

The units will each go through extensive qualification and safety testing and will travel 1,000 miles before entering service.

A video showcasing the new vehicles can be viewed here.

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