New technology to power Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority light rail line will cut downtime, extend vehicle life

Siemens rail electrification technologies will minimize vehicle downtime and extend vehicle lifespan, helping improve overall rider experience

Category:

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 10:30 am EDT

Dateline:

Seattle, WA

Siemens has been chosen by the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA), an independent special district that provides sustainable, accessible, community-focused transportation options for Santa Clara County, California, to provide innovative electrification technology to power the Guadalupe Corridor light rail line. VTA’s infrastructure modernization will replace 27-year-old systems with Siemens’ new state-of-the-art electrification technology that includes advanced monitoring and diagnostic features to streamline maintenance activities.

The new technology includes traction power substations that convert alternating current electricity provided by the local utility to direct current in order to power the light rail trains, modern protection communication devices, and advanced circuit breakers and controllers that monitor the system and report issues if they arise. These systems can detect faults sooner and minimize stress on the line, resulting in a longer vehicle lifecycle and ultimately a more reliable ride for the approximately 10 million passengers who rely on VTA’s light rail system each year.

“VTA is pleased that Siemens is on board to upgrade our existing traction power substations,” said Adolf Daaboul, Senior Transportation Engineer, Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority. “With Siemens’ history of serving light rail communities throughout the country, we are looking forward to the new technology the company will provide in order to help keep our own VTA Light Rail system operating smoothly for years to come.”

"Light rail is one of our country’s most important modes of public transportation, and ensuring that it runs smoothly relies on critical electrification technologies you may not always be able to see and touch as a rider,” said Steffen Goeller, vice president of Siemens Rail Electrification in the U.S. “Siemens is excited to be chosen by VTA to enhance their existing infrastructure systems while bringing the latest in power technologies that increase the lifespan of vehicles and improve the rider experience.”

Siemens will be responsible for the full delivery of the project from design and production to final commissioning, including all elements of preparing the site and replacing the old existing traction power substations that converts electric power for the vehicles. This the first time Siemens will serve as the prime contractor for VTA.

Commissioning is scheduled to begin in November 2017.

Siemens has a broad transportation footprint in the state of California, including a nearly 1,000-person hub in Sacramento that serves as the company’s North American manufacturing headquarters for Rolling Stock. In Sacramento, Siemens designs and manufactures across the entire spectrum of rolling stock including commuter and regional passenger trains, light rail and streetcars, metros, locomotives, passenger coaches and high-speed trainsets. The plant is manufacturing rail vehicles for projects across California including clean diesel-electric locomotives for Caltrans, 215 light rail vehicles for San Francisco, and 244 light rail vehicles for San Diego. Siemens has also installed advanced signaling and automation equipment that increase efficiency and safety along San Diego’s Blue Line and has delivered 20 newly designed substations for Los Angeles’ MTA Blue Line. 

Siemens’ Mobility Portfolio: Siemens Rail Electrification business unit is part of the Siemens Mobility Division which provides efficient and integrated transportation of people and goods by rail and road – including all products, solutions and services regarding mobility. Siemens designs and manufactures across the entire spectrum of rolling stock including commuter and regional passenger trains, light rail and streetcars, metros, locomotives, passenger coaches and high-speed trainsets. In the U.S., Siemens is providing rail vehicles, locomotives, components and systems to more than 25 agencies in cities such as Washington D.C., New York, Boston, Chicago, Seattle, Miami, Orlando, Philadelphia, Denver, Baltimore, Salt Lake City, Minneapolis, Houston, Portland, Sacramento, San Diego, St. Louis, Atlanta and Charlotte. Cities also rely on Siemens to provide traction-power substations and electricity transmission, as well as signaling and control technology for freight and passenger rail and transit systems.  Siemens has transportation manufacturing hubs in: Sacramento, CA; Louisville, KY; Marion, KY; Pittsburgh, PA.

 

Contact for journalists

Annie Satow

Phone: 202-316-0219; E-mail: annie.seiple@siemens.com

 

Siemens Corporation is a U.S. subsidiary of Siemens AG, a global powerhouse focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization. One of the world’s largest producers of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies, Siemens is a leading supplier of systems for power generation and transmission as well as medical diagnosis. With approximately 351,000 employees in 190 countries, Siemens reported worldwide revenue of $88.1 billion in fiscal 2016. Siemens in the USA reported revenue of $23.7 billion, including $5.4 billion in exports, and employs approximately 50,000 people throughout all 50 states and Puerto Rico.