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First, Siemens won a contract for 26 LRVs from Portland’s TriMet. This order will replace TriMet’s original 26 Type-1 vehicles, from another manufacturer, with Siemens’ S700, “a low-floor, state-of-the-art vehicle jointly developed by TriMet and Siemens Mobility.”
The contract includes options for up to 60 additional LRVs, which would aim to accommodate for further service expansions such as the MAX Red Line Extension to Fair Complex, and the Southwest Corridor. With this new purchase, TriMet’s LRV fleet will be a fully-Siemens fleet—with the first delivery expected in 2021.
In addition, TriMet has opted to install the latest Internet-of-Things (IoT) framework to what will now be its Type 6 vehicle.
“We are grateful for TriMet’s continued trust, which began when we first jointly developed the Type 2 fleet, North America’s first low-floor light rail vehicles, in 1995,” said Michael Cahill, President of Siemens Mobility’s Rolling Stock business for North America. “We greatly appreciate our long-standing relationship with TriMet for many reasons, but one of the most important has been the sharing of innovative advancements—which has directly fed into the latest development of our newest low-floor platform, the S700. TriMet’s progressive approach toward advancing Portland’s Light Rail system and providing their passengers with innovative solutions is truly exemplary and we are proud to be able to assist in these advancements.”
Also on Siemens’ docket is an order from San Diego’s Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) for 25 S700 low-floor LRVs.
The plan is for these cars to operate on the entire 53-mile double-tracked MTS light rail network, including the 11-mile Mid-Coast Trolley extension, which is scheduled to open in 2021.
This article first appeared on www.railwayage.com
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