Siemens-refurbished light rail vehicles to begin operating on new Sacramento Regional Transit line

Siemens refurbishing a total of 21 light rail vehicles for Sacramento Regional Transit’s light rail system

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Tuesday, September 8, 2015 8:37 am EDT

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Sacramento, CA
"The rollout of these refurbished light rail vehicles shows the power of local partnerships"

The Sacramento Regional Transit District (RT) will begin operating the first set of newly-refurbished light rail vehicles by Siemens on the recently opened Blue Line to Cosumnes River College light rail extension on Thursday, September 10, 2015.

The additional light rail vehicles will increase capacity on the Blue Line and throughout the RT light rail system in order to maintain service levels.  Sacramento-based Siemens is refurbishing a total of 21 light rail vehicles that will eventually be in operation system-wide.  The light rail vehicles were refurbished on-site at the Siemens rail manufacturing facility in Sacramento and at the RT light rail maintenance facility. Siemens Sacramento plant, which has been in operation for almost 30 years, is powered up to 80 percent by two megawatts of solar energy and currently employs over 800 people.

“The rollout of these refurbished light rail vehicles shows the power of local partnerships,” said Congresswoman Doris Matsui.  “RT’s work with Siemens has allowed federal stimulus funds and local taxpayer dollars to improve RT’s level of service, while also creating jobs at Siemens’ Sacramento rail manufacturing hub.  The partnership has been a win-win that we can point to with confidence of a job well done.”

The refurbishment included overhauling the bogie, the structure located underneath the train where the wheels and axles are attached, modernizing the vehicle's communications, event recorders and auxiliary power systems, and updating the vehicle’s heating and air units and exterior body. The refurbishment will add approximately 15 years of additional useful life to the vehicles. 

“We’re proud that Siemens is a long-term partner with RT to help modernize its transportation fleet in a cost-effective way,” said Chris Maynard, VP Customer Services for Siemens Mobility.  “Working together closely with RT, we were able to combine our technology expertise to give these vehicles new life to move people in and around Sacramento.”

RT acquired the vehicles -- originally built by Urban Transportation Development Corp. (UTDC) -- from Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority. The vehicles originally went into operation in 1987 and have been in storage since RT acquired them in 2003. The refurbishments allowed RT to add to its fleet at a fraction of the cost of new vehicles.

Sacramento RT also operates 36 Siemens-manufactured light rail vehicles.

The general public is invited to tour a newly-refurbished UTDC light rail vehicle on Tuesday, September 8 from 11 a.m. to noon at the Cosumnes River College Station.

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 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, Philadelphia, Denver, 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 Seiple

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 U.S. reported revenue of $22.2 billion, including $5.2 billion in exports, and employment of approximately 50,000 people throughout all 50 states and Puerto Rico.  To receive expert insights sign up for Siemens’ U.S. Executive Pulse leadership blog. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter at: www.twitter.com/siemensUSA.  

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Locals view the newly Siemens-refurbished light rail vehicle
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