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WMATA Expands, Updates Paratransit Fleet

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) recently introduced the first of 207 new vans for its MetroAccess paratransit service. Fifty of the vans will expand the size of the fleet by 7 percent, while the rest will replace aging vehicles. Manufactured by Ford with modifications by TransitWorks in Akron, OH, the vehicles have enhanced safety features including, rear cameras providing operators with a rearward-facing view when backing up, a collision avoidance system and improved LED lighting. WMATA Assistant General Manager of Access Services Christian Kent said the new vehicles and larger fleet size “will better position MetroAccess to serve customers with door-to-door service ensuring regional mobility for all.”
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