Arizona orders 11 light rail vehicles

14 June 2017  •  Author(s): Eurotransport

The urban transport company, Phoenix Valley Metro Rail, has ordered 11 new S70 light rail vehicles (LRV) from Siemens.

Phoenix light rail

The vehicles will operate in Phoenix, Arizona, where the order is intended to help meet growing ridership needs and the next expansion of the 26-mile rail line. The $57.9 million contract also includes an option for up to 67 additional vehicles.

The trams for Valley Metro will be built at Siemens’ manufacturing plant in Sacramento, California a solar-powered plant that has been in operation for more than 30 years and employs nearly 1,000 people.

“Our modern vehicles offer riders a comfortable and safe journey” 

“Phoenix is already the 18th city in North America to rely on light rail vehicles built by Siemens,” said Sandra Gott-Karlbauer, CEO of Siemens Urban Transport. “Our modern vehicles offer riders a comfortable and safe journey on board. Siemens’ rapid transit systems offer cities throughout the world reliable solutions that are tailored to their specific needs,”

The new vehicles will offer a larger interior and energy-efficient LED lighting, as well as heavy-duty air conditioning systems.

“Investment in transit is a major contributor to powering this nation’s ongoing economic growth”

“Investment in transit is a major contributor to powering this nation’s ongoing economic growth, both locally and across the country,” added Valley Metro Rail Chair, Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell. “We look forward to successful collaboration and partnership with Siemens who plays a critical role in the expansion of our Valley’s light rail system.”

The first light rail vehicle is expected to arrive in 2020.

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