Siemens to build 122 S70 light rail vehicles for Sound Transit’s expanding system

  • New S70 advanced technology light rail vehicles from Siemens, the leading supplier of light rail vehicles in North America, to help Sound Transit accommodate increasing ridership and improve passenger experience
  • 122-car order is largest single contract in Sound Transit history

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Thursday, September 29, 2016 12:00 pm EDT

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Sacramento
"Siemens is honored and excited to be chosen by Sound Transit to design and build new, advanced technology light rail vehicles for the Greater Seattle area and its expanding light rail system"

has been awarded a contract to provide 122 new S70 light rail vehicles (LRVs) for Sound Transit, the regional transit system serving Seattle and the central Puget Sound area. The new vehicles will be designed and built to help meet the needs of Sound Transit’s growing light rail network and increasing ridership. The order, the largest single contract in Sound Transit’s history, will nearly triple the system’s current fleet from today’s 62 cars to 184.

The new vehicles will feature a sleek appearance and include a more spacious interior with additional room for passengers. Additionally, the vehicles will include extra space for luggage and hooks to store up to four bicycles per vehicle.

“Siemens is honored and excited to be chosen by Sound Transit to design and build new, advanced technology light rail vehicles for the Greater Seattle area and its expanding light rail system,” said Michael Cahill, president of Siemens Rolling Stock. “These vehicles will be built on the West Coast, for the West Coast, and will help Sound Transit continue their tradition of excellent service for the region’s growing number of light rail passengers.”

The S70s light rail vehicles will be built at the Siemens rail manufacturing hub in Sacramento, Calif. The plant, which has been in operation for almost 30 years, is powered in part by two megawatts of solar energy and currently employs nearly 1,000 people. Siemens is currently the leading supplier of light rail vehicles in North America.

The fleet is expected to begin testing in 2019.

Siemens’ Rail, Transit & Mobility Portfolio: Siemens Rolling Stock 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 348,000 employees in more than 190 countries, Siemens reported worldwide revenue of $86.2 billion in fiscal 2015. Siemens in the USA reported revenue of $22.4 billion, including $5.5 billion in exports, and employs approximately 50,000 people throughout all 50 states and Puerto Rico.

 

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