Rail Systems Investments

While rail systems investments are more "behind the scenes" than other aspects of Metro, these projects play a major role in keeping Metrorail service safe and reliable. In Fiscal Year 2022, we're planning to invest $273 million in rail systems. These investments are organized into two subcategories:

  • Signals and communications, including a project that has added cellular service to all 100 miles of Metro's underground tunnels and will also result in a new radio system
  • Propulsion system maintenance and upgrades, including reliability improvements for the electrical system that powers the Metrorail system
Here are a few featured projects:

Underground Cellular & Radio Project

With cellular service added across Metro's 100-mile tunnel network, riders can now communicate or stream content throughout their entire journey. This project will also improve safety by enhancing radio coverage for Metro and first responders. Read more
Cellular Service Cable Installation Crew in Tunnel

Alexandria Rail Yard Signal Upgrades

This project modernized the signal system in the Alexandria Rail Yard, improving safety, reliability and on-time performance. During construction, all major components of the signal system were replaced, including switches, signals, track circuits and signal control rooms.

New signal at Alexandria Rail Yard