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WMATA to replace worn-out rail

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) is seeking bids for part of a $4.3 million track maintenance and welded rail rehabilitation project.

The authority plans to purchase at least 400 tons of rail annually for up to four years. WMATA officials want to buy 78-foot rail and weld it into 390-foot sections rather than purchase traditional 39-foot rail, according to a prepared statement.

"Welding them together prior to transporting the rail to the work location and then installing them is more efficient," said WMATA Chief Operating Officer of Rail Steve Feil.

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