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Houston Metro unveils first light-rail vehicle

On May 1, Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Texas unveiled the first METRORail car — more than 20 years after proposing a light-rail system.

Assembled by Siemens Transportation Inc., the car will be tested on a 1.7-mile test track. The low-floor vehicle is 95 feet long, seats 72 and accommodates 200 passengers.

The vehicle is one of 18 that will begin operating on the 7.5-mile light-rail line from downtown Houston to Reliant Park Jan. 1, 2004.

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