Rail

Siemens wins San Diego light rail contract

Posted on October 7, 2009

Siemens will provide the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) with 57 new, low floor light rail vehicles over a two-year period. The contract is worth $205.2 million.

 

As the first phase of a major rehabilitation project for the San Diego system's Blue and Orange lines, these ultra-modern low-floor Siemens S70 vehicles will provide level boarding for all riders.

 

The 57 new vehicles will replace some of the 134 light rail vehicles in operation on the MTS lines, many of which are more than 20 years old. Eleven S70 vehicles have been in operation in San Diego since 2005. Each new car will provide seating for 60 people with all seats facing the middle of the vehicle, providing enhanced visibility for passengers and security personnel.

 

The vehicles will be built entirely at Siemens' solar-powered manufacturing plant in Sacramento, Calif. The S70 model is 81 feet long, nine feet shorter than the trains that currently run on the MTS Green Line through Mission Valley between Old Town and Santee. The shorter trains will allow the use of three-car trains in downtown San Diego without blocking intersections and holding up traffic.

 

 

 

 

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

FRA invests $21.2M in PTC, grade crossing safety, passenger rail

Grants awarded are part of a Notice of Funding Availability it issued in July 2014 to distribute new FY14 Omnibus funding as well as unobligated funds from the High-Speed Intercity Passenger Rail Program.

Metra adopting 'confidential close call reporting system'

According to the FRA, which has promoted the adoption of the system by a handful of railroads so far, the system complements existing safety programs, builds a positive safety culture, creates an early warning system, focuses on problems instead of people, provides an incentive for learning from errors and targets the root cause of an issue, not the symptom.

Cost of 3-week Cincinatti streetcar delay could total $2M

Additionally, the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority has reduced its estimates by $569,000 for both streetcar fare revenue and what it believes it can capture from those who want to advertise on the vehicles.

The case for driverless trains by the numbers

Some of the benefits discussed by a CityLab report, include a 70% savings in staff, higher frequencies, significant operational savings and more room for passengers.

State lawmakers urge Metro Transit to step up fare enforcement

While an audit found that one of every 10 light rail passengers may not be paying fares, Metro Transit reports 94% compliance on its Green Line and 97% compliance on its Blue Line. Moving away from an honor system and installing turnstiles could cost the agency $107 million, according to the report.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The resource for managers of class 1-7 truck Fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation

Please sign in or register to .    Close