New Metro cars to ease congestion

HOUSTON -- Morning rail commuters may find themselves on a brand new train car starting Wednesday, Jan. 7. That's the day Metro is rolling out six new light-rail cars to provide additional service along the city's rail route.

The new cars are dubbed "H3" cars, because they're the third generation of cars added to Houston's fleet. CAF USA built the cars to carry a maximum of 243 passangers each.

That capacity matches existing H1 train cars, and is slightly larger than the H2 cars, which carry 198 passengers. The seating configuration has changed slightly from previous designs, although the trains look nearly identical from the outside.

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