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WMATA to upgrade car washers


The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) plans to begin modernizing six automated passenger-car washers.

During the next 18 months, WMATA plans to spend $6.3 million to redesign and replace tanks, piping and other equipment for washers at the Alexandria and West Falls Church yards. The authority will spend another $11.5 million to upgrade washers at four other rail yards as funding becomes available.

The upgrades will enable workers to wash four eight-car trains per hour.

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