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repurpose 1000 series cars for private events

Before discarding the 1000 series cars, investigate whether they can generate revenue by being repurposed into upscale catering and special event facilities. Invited guests would board downtown and be transported to a yard or storage track for the duration of the event.

The DC area spends significant funds on upscale catering and entertainment. Costs for the retrofit would be recouped, or the concept could be outsourced to a private investor/caterer. Ample staff would assure the safety of guests despite the age of the rolling stock, and would be trained in yard evacuations as needed. The party would go on despite any rail traffic delays, and invited guests never have to worry about how to get to the party... it picks then up! Guests would board at specific stops and doors to have minimal impact on normal rail operations.

For right now, the initial 6 month 100k goal is to explore feasibility and preserve candidate rolling stock.

Submitted by: Michael J., Silver Spring, MD

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Great idea!

by Chester B. on Jul 15, 2016 7:47 pm • linkreport

The cars would need customer friendly bulkhead doors, bathrooms, holding and serving kitchens, etc. Or, a platform in a remote yard storage track could be built up, cordoned off and rented out as a fancy outdoor ballroom, with the party train remaining for the event duration.

All this for a suitable fee to Metro and a private unique event experience for VIP guests.

by Mike on Jul 15, 2016 9:19 pm • linkreport

+1 if someone can figure out the bathroom situation.

by +1 on Jul 17, 2016 9:42 am • linkreport

Acknowledging that initial costs would have to be covered by a for-profit investor, with rental fees to Metro, bathrooms can be added to some of the cars or to the isolated catering facility with which the special train could berth.

For now, we need to determine whether any rolling stock would be a candidate for such a program.

by Mike on Jul 17, 2016 10:06 am • linkreport

I know Chicago does this, not sure if other cities do as well:

http://www.transitchicago.com/chartertrain/

by Rob on Jul 24, 2016 10:10 am • linkreport

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