Valley Metro's Newest Siemens Mobility S700 LRVs Enter Revenue Service
Phoenix, AZ | January 10, 2022
- State-of-the-art passenger experience
- On-board CCTV improves passenger safety for Phoenix area residents
- Manufactured at Siemens Mobility’s Sacramento, CA facility
The latest S700 light rail vehicles (LRV) from Siemens Mobility are entering revenue service on Valley Metro in Phoenix, Tempe and Mesa beginning January 10, 2022. The new fleet is being introduced gradually into the system after testing is completed, with the first three vehicles entering revenue service this week. They will operate on the current 28-mile system between Northwest Phoenix, Tempe and Mesa, connecting riders to jobs, education, and entertainment. The vehicles are designed to provide a state-of-the-art and seamless passenger experience including racks for bicycle transportation, high capacity air conditioning and CCTV, which keeps operators informed of real-time monitoring of occupancy levels, passenger flow and safety-related incidents.
“Adding new train fleet is a very important part of our light rail system expansion for today and in the near future when two new extensions open in Phoenix,” said Scott Smith, Valley Metro CEO. “We appreciate the strong partnership that we have with Siemens Mobility as they incorporate the vehicle safety and comfort features that we’ve prioritized on our system.”
“This vehicle was designed with passengers top of mind,” said Michael Cahill, president of Siemens Mobility in North America.
Together with Valley Metro, we’ve created an LRV that is both safe and convenient while providing the ultimate passenger experience to metro Phoenix riders.Michael Cahill, president of Siemens Mobility in North America
Based on Siemens Mobility’s popular S700 platform, the light rail vehicles for Valley Metro offer a large interior, energy-efficient LED lighting, and feature heavy-duty air conditioning systems to keep Phoenix area riders comfortable in a climate known to reach temperatures of up to 120 degrees (F). With a focus on safety and the experience of passengers, this fleet also features a new front-end bumper designed to minimize collision impact and limit damage to the vehicle. The new cars for Valley Metro also include a wheel flange lubrication system to reduce wheel-noise when passing through track curves.
Seven of the 11 S700 vehicles ordered from Siemens Mobility have been delivered, with three of those ready for revenue service this week. Manufacturing of Valley Metro’s most recent 14 car order placed in 2020 will start early next year, which when completed, will bring Valley Metro’s total number of Siemens Mobility vehicles to 25.
“On behalf of the 4,000 Siemens Mobility employees in the U.S, we are proud to partner with Valley Metro as we create an LRV made for the riders and desert temperatures,” said Cahill.
Valley Metro joins the more than 35 transit agencies across North America benefiting from Siemens Mobility’s portfolio of rail vehicles, locomotives, components and automation systems. American 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.
The S700 LRV’s for Phoenix are Buy America compliant and built at the Siemens Mobility rail manufacturing hub in Sacramento, California. Powered by the California sun with two megawatts of solar energy and 2,100 employees, the facility has been in operation for 30 years.
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 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 2021, which ended on September 30, 2021, Siemens Mobility posted revenue of $10.4 billion and had around 39,500 employees worldwide. Further information is available at: https://www.mobility.siemens.com/us/en.html
About Valley Metro: Valley Metro exists to connect communities and enhance lives each day by providing eco-friendly public transit options in Maricopa County, the fastest growing county in U.S. In Fiscal Year 2021, at just over 27 million riders, transit ridership experienced a sharp decline due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the call for essential trips only on both bus and light rail. While life in metro Phoenix returns to a new normal, progress continues on five high-capacity transit extensions that are either in planning or under construction to create a 50-mile rail system by 2030. In spring 2022, Valley Metro will open the region’s first streetcar line in Tempe that features the Valley’s first off-wire operations in the system. Valley Metro also offers alternative transportation programs including paratransit services for seniors and people with disabilities, commuter vanpools, online carpool matching, bus trip mapping, bicycle safety and telework assistance. Two Boards of Directors from 18 local cities and towns and the county set the policy direction for the agency with the intent of advancing the regional public transit system in Maricopa County. In additional federal and local funds, Valley Metro receives critical capital and operations funds from Prop. 400, the 20-year, regional half-cent transportation sales tax that is set to expire in 2025. Stay up-to-date by following us on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter or by visiting valleymetro.org.