San Diego’s Metropolitan Transit System orders 25 more Light Rail Vehicles from Siemens Mobility


Monday, July 29, 2019 11:02 am EDT


Sacramento, CA
  • New LRV’s will operate system-wide, including Mid-Coast Trolley Extension
  • Completes the system’s transition to a fully low-floor fleet

San Diego’s Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) has awarded Siemens Mobility a contract for 25 S700 Low-floor Light Rail Vehicles. These cars will operate on the entire 53-mile double-tracked MTS light rail network, including on the 11-mile Mid-Coast Trolley extension, which is scheduled to open in 2021. It will extend San Diego’s current Blue Line from the heart of downtown north to University of California San Diego and University Town Center.

The new vehicles will replace Siemens Mobility’s high-floor SD100 LRVs which were manufactured in the 1990s. This purchase will thus complete San Diego’s transition to a fully low-floor and accessible fleet. Delivery of the new LRVs is expected in 2021.

“The standards and expectations for public transit continue to change and we are committed to meeting the needs of our current and future riders,” said Paul Jablonski, Chief Executive Officer of the Metropolitan Transit System. “MTS operates one of the most efficient and reliable light rail systems in the US and a large part of our success is due to our long-standing working relationship with Siemens to provide best-of-class vehicles. The evolution of its light rail vehicles has been exceptional.”

“We are very grateful for the longstanding partnership we have been had with MTS,” said Michael Cahill, president of Siemens Mobility’s Rolling Stock business in the United States.  “San Diego’s transit system is the longest running modern light rail system in the US, and it has been a privilege to participate in its continuous growth. Through our partnership with MTS, our products have evolved to meet the needs of its growing ridership and we are grateful for the opportunity to share in the success of the MTS system.” 

The S700 cars are the latest advancement of the fully electric S70 low-floor vehicle platform designed and manufactured by Siemens Mobility at its solar-powered facility in Sacramento, California.  They are characterized by an open and spacious low-floor interior.  The wide aisleway makes the vehicle much easier to traverse into and around for passengers, bicycles and wheelchairs. There are also energy efficiency features like LED lighting, which utilize less energy and last longer.

Siemens Mobility’s relationship with MTS began in 1980 with an order for 71 cars of their original high-floor U2 model.  This was followed by an order in 1993 for 52 SD100 cars.  In 2004, with the passengers in mind, the leadership at MTS started transitioning to a low-floor car system with an order for 11 S70 vehicles. The transition was continued 5 years later with a larger order for 65 S70 cars, followed by another order for 45 S70 vehicles, which are currently being delivered.

Siemens Mobility is the market leader for Light Rail Vehicles in North America with more than 1,800 LRVs ordered.  Siemens Mobility 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 Mobility is providing rail vehicles, locomotives, components and systems to more than 25 agencies in cities such as Washington D.C., New York, Boston, Chicago, Phoenix, Seattle, Miami, Orlando, Philadelphia, Denver, Baltimore, Salt Lake City, Minneapolis, Houston, Portland, Sacramento, San Diego, St. Louis, Atlanta and Charlotte.

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Contacts for journalists:

Elizabeth Cho, Siemens Mobility

Phone: +1 917-622-2413; E-mail:


Rob Schupp, Metropolitan Transit Systems (MTS)

Phone: +1 619-557-4511; E-mail: 


For further information about Siemens Mobility, please see:

Siemens Mobility is a separately managed company of Siemens AG. As a leader in transport solutions for more than 160 years, Siemens Mobility is constantly innovating its portfolio in its core areas of rolling stock, rail automation and electrification, turnkey systems, intelligent traffic systems as well as related services. With digitalization, Siemens Mobility is enabling mobility operators worldwide to make infrastructure intelligent, increase value sustainably over the entire lifecycle, enhance passenger experience and guarantee availability. In fiscal year 2018, which ended on September 30, 2018, the former Siemens Mobility Division posted revenue of €8.8 billion and had around 34,200 employees worldwide. Further information is available at:

Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) operates 100 bus routes and three Trolley lines serving more than 300,000 passenger trips every weekday. In FY 2018, MTS served more than 86 million riders. For more information, please go to