Siemens Mobility receives order for 14 Light Rail Vehicles (LRVs) from Valley Metro
October 1, 2020
- With previous 11 vehicles, there will now be a Fleet of 25 S700 LRVs
- Improving passenger experience for Phoenix area residents
The Valley Metro Regional Public Transportation Authority, servicing the area around Phoenix, Arizona has ordered 14 S700 light rail vehicles from Siemens Mobility. The new vehicles will be built at Siemens Mobility‘s manufacturing facility in Sacramento, California.
“Additional light rail fleet supports our mission of connecting communities, especially as we close in on the 2024 completion date of South Central Extension/Downtown Hub,” said Scott Smith, Valley Metro CEO. “As our transit system grows, so must our fleet to accommodate new miles of service and additional riders across metro Phoenix.”
“Phoenix is currently the fifth largest city in the U.S. and continues to lead the country in population growth,” said Michael Cahill, president of Siemens Mobility in North America. “Sustainable transportation is one of the most important features for tomorrow’s cities, and we applaud Valley Metro’s foresight in continuing to stay on-course with the future needs of their residents.”
Based on Siemens Mobility’s popular S700 platform, the light rail vehicles will offer a larger interior, energy-efficient LED lighting, and feature heavy-duty air conditioning systems that will help keep the Phoenix area riders comfortable in a climate known to reach temperatures of up to 120 degrees (F). This fleet will also feature a newly designed front-end bumper designed for collision impact mitigation.
The S700 low-floor light rail vehicles are known for their low-level boarding at every doorway, spacious seating design, and larger windows for better light and views. They feature improved accessibility with wider aisles and storage space for bicycles. In addition, the vehicles have improved performance and optimized availability provided by condition monitoring, remote diagnostics and predictive maintenance.
The Siemens Mobility’s Sacramento facility manufactures the full range of vehicles from light rail and trams, to locomotives and passenger coaches. It is a full-scale modern facility that is powered almost entirely by a two-megawatt solar installation.
In the U.S., Siemens Mobility provides rail vehicles, locomotives, components and systems to more than 30 transit agencies and cities such as Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Denver, Houston, Minneapolis, New York, Philadelphia, Portland, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Diego, Seattle and St. Louis.
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