San Diego orders Siemens LRVs

01 Nov 2016

USA: San Diego Metropolitan Transit System has awarded Siemens a contract to supply a further 45 light rail vehicles from late 2018.

Announcing the contract on November 1, Siemens said the low-floor S70 LRVs would be built at its Sacramento plant. They will feature a redesigned centre section to improve passenger flow and provide greater wheelchair accessibility and more space for bicycles.

MTS plans to use 36 of the LRVs on the  17·6 km Mid-Coast Trolley extension of the Blue Line which is under construction for opening in 2021, and nine to increase frequencies on the existing network.

Siemens said MTS has now ordered a total of 244 LRVs from it since 1981, making MTS the supplier’s largest US light rail customer.

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