Just in case you ever wondered how they do it on Washington’s Metro system …

November 3, 2015

That weird-looking Metro car is probably full of money

Ride Metro long enough and you’ll see plenty of non-passenger carrying vehicles on the rails, from The Pickle, to maintenance vehicles, to… The Money Train! Reader Sarah writes in with a question about what, exactly, that is. Website Insert Cars and Financing copy

Sarah writes,

“I was waiting for a Silver, Orange, or Blue train at Federal Center SW around noon yesterday, and a no passenger train went through. The first car was very bizarre looking and I’m almost certain was #8003. What is this mystery car?”

Our Metro-expert-in-chief, Matt Johnson, had the answer.

Cars 8000, 8001, 8002, and 8003 (formerly 1010, 1011, 1044, and 1045) are the “money train” cars.

WMATA collects coins and bills from the ticket vending machines (TVMs) around the system using railcars modified for that purpose. Throughout the day, Metro employees escorted my MTPD officers use special carts to empty fare revenue from the TVMs and store the carts in rooms in the station until time to put them aboard the Money Train. The Money Train makes two sweeps through the system each weekday.

There are two pairs of Money Train cars. It is not clear to me whether they use both each day or whether they rotate them. Regardless, two Money Train cars are paired with two regular cars and run through the system as a 4-car train. The Money Train cars are used for the carts. The other cars are just backup power and to make sure the train doesn’t get caught in any third rail gaps longer than 150 feet.

Writer Aimee Custis has the full story for Greater Greater Washington by clicking here.




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