Siemens to build 13 electric locomotives for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority

$118 million contract will bring advanced electric locomotive technology to SEPTA’s regional rail lines

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015 8:09 am EST

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Sacramento, CA
"The purchase of these new locomotives are the first of several new vehicle purchases which are part of SEPTA’s Building the Future program"

Siemens has been awarded a $118 million contract to build 13 electric locomotives, supply spare parts and provide operation and maintenance training for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA). The contract includes an option to deliver up to an additional five locomotives. These modern electric locomotives will replace an aging locomotive fleet to support SEPTA’s efforts to expand capacity and provide more efficient and reliable service for its ridership along SEPTA’s regional rail lines.

“The purchase of these new locomotives are the first of several new vehicle purchases which are part of SEPTA’s Building the Future program,” said SEPTA General Manager Jeff Knueppel. “We are looking forward their arrival to help provide faster and more reliable regional rail service for our rapidly growing ridership.”   

The electric locomotives will be built at the Siemens rail manufacturing facility in Sacramento, Calif. The plant, which has been in operation for nearly 30 years, sources up to 80 percent of its energy from two megawatts of solar energy and currently employs over 800 people.  Siemens, along with more than 60 domestic suppliers, manufacturers and distributors in over 20 states, are part of a national community building these state-of-the-art electric locomotives. 

“As a rail innovation leader, we’re thrilled to partner with SEPTA to bring advanced rail technology to their ridership,” said Michael Cahill, president of Siemens Rolling Stock. “We are confident that these new electric locomotives will enhance mobility for the people, businesses and economy of the Philadelphia region.”

The new locomotives are designed for improved reliability and easier maintenance to provide faster turn-around times and increased availability for service. A state-of-the-art microprocessor system performs self-diagnosis of all key systems, makes self-corrective actions and notifies the locomotive engineer. In addition, there is a redundant system to ensure power is maintained to the passenger cars for heating, cooling, lighting and door operation amongst others. The locomotives meet the latest federal rail safety regulations, including crash energy management features. Furthermore, the locomotives energy-efficient use of regenerative braking feeds energy back into the power grid. The new vehicles are set to be delivered in early 2018.

This press release, photos and additional material are available at news.usa.siemens.com/biz.

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 both rail and highways.  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, Tel.: 202-316-0219; E-mail: annie.seiple@siemens.com

 

Siemens Corporation is a U.S. subsidiary of Siemens AG, a global technology powerhouse that has stood for engineering excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality for more than 165 years. With 343,000 employees in more than 200 countries, Siemens reported worldwide revenue of approximately $98 billion in fiscal 2014. Siemens in the USA reported revenue of $22.2 billion, including $5.2 billion in exports, and employs approximately 50,000 people throughout all 50 states and Puerto Rico.

 

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