Siemens Mobility won a mid-life overhaul service contract for TriMet’s Type-2 and Type-3 Light Rail Vehicle (LRV) fleet, which is made up of 79 Siemens Mobility SD660 LRVs. The project order has a volume of approximately $90 million with options for up to about $28 million more. The initial project will be complete in 2025.
Through the overhaul, TriMet will be able to maintain a State of Good Repair for the fleet and retain its fleet safety, performance, and passenger comfort standards throughout vehicle life. The LRVs are among 119 Siemens Mobility LRVs that are currently being used by TriMet, an ongoing relationship that started in 1995 and has continued to this day. Refurbishing LRVs not only prolongs the life of vehicles, many of which have been in service since the mid- to late 1990s, but also saves expensive energy and resources used in manufacturing new vehicles.
The decreased waste and energy support environmental sustainability goals for both TriMet and Siemens Mobility.
Two pilot LRVs will be overhauled at the Siemens Mobility West Coast Rail Services Hub, located in greater Sacramento, Calif. The remaining overhauls will then take place at a newly opened Siemens Mobility Rail Services facility in Clackamas, Oregon. The work will ramp up in Clackamas next year and is expected to provide a backlog of work through 2025. This facility is expected to hire more than 15 employees over the course of the overhaul project.
In 1995, TriMet placed an order for 46 SD660 vehicles, which were manufactured at Siemens Mobility’s North American Rail Manufacturing Facility. This was followed by orders for another 33 SD660 vehicles over the next five years. In 2009, TriMet began procuring Siemens S70 vehicles, with an initial order of 22, followed by another order for 18 in 2012.