Siemens Transportation Systems Inc.(STS) received a notice
to proceed from the Utah Transit Authority (UTA) to build and deliver 77 S70
light rail vehicles over a four-year period. This is UTA’s fourth order with
STS, bringing its total number of Siemens vehicles to 117.
Valued at over $277 million, the contract surpasses the
order from STS’ most recent award from Denver RTD for 55 light rail vehicles,
making it the company’s largest rail vehicle order to date.
"Utah is the fifth
fastest growing state in the U.S. and the expansion of our rail system brings us closer to creating a more
sustainable and less congested metro area for us and the next generation,"
said John Inglish, UTA’s GM.
The UTA chose the S70 model similar to those operating in San Diego, Calif., and Charlotte, N.C.,
but their version will be a shorter vehicle at 81.37 ft.-long. This
modification will enable UTA to maximize the use of their passenger platforms
and operate 4-car train consists.