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WMATA begins to test eight-car trains during morning rush

Today, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) launched a pilot program to test eight-car train service during morning rush hour on the Orange Line.

During the six-month test, WMATA will operate fewer but longer trains along the line between 6:30 a.m. and 9 a.m. The authority will use 114 rail cars to make up 11 six-car and six eight-train trains; before, the same 114 cars made up 19 six-car trains.

WMATA plans to expand the eight-car train program — which is designed to improve service reliability — to other lines later this year.

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