Third Generation METRORail Cars Roll Out Wednesday

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Release Date: Jan. 6, 2015

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Wednesday Morning Light-Rail Car Rollout Means More Room, More Service

WHAT: METRORail service will get a boost with the launch of a new generation of light-rail cars on Wednesday, Jan. 7 at 6:30 a.m. 

WHO: Houston Mayor Annise Parker, METRO Board Chairman Gilbert Garcia, Board Members, METRO President & CEO Tom Lambert and others will be on hand for a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony and photo opportunity as six new units are welcomed to the METRORail fleet.    

WHERE/WHEN: The event takes place at the Downtown Transit Center (DTC) Southbound platform (1900 Main St.) at 6:30 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015. 

Other CAF vehicles will enter service over the weeks that lead to the April 2015 opening of two new METRORail East/Green and Southeast/Purple Lines.The new units will give METRO enough rail cars to stage double-car service most of the day Monday through Friday. The H3 (CAF) cars join 19 H2 and 18 H1 (Siemens S70) cars already serving the North and Main St.(Red) Lines. METRORail will have 76 cars to operate with once the 39 CAF H3 vehicle delivery is complete.  In FY 2014 12.8 million boardings were recorded on METRORail and 122 million boardings have been recorded since service began in 2004.   

CAF USA, a subsidiary of Spain's Construcciones y Auxilliar de Ferrocarriles, is contracted to provide the new H3 cars to serve throughout the METRORail system. 

EDITORS NOTE: For high resolution photos of the new H3 cars click here  Media outlets planning to attend the ribbon cutting are asked to contact the METRO Press Office at 713.739.4040.