The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (Metro) awarded Siemens Mobility a contract for the supply of 14 light rail vehicles that will operate in Houston. This is Metro’s third order for Siemens Mobility which will bring the total number in Houston to 51 LRVs.
The S70 low-floor LRVs will supplement the vehicles currently servicing the city’s three light-rail lines, which account for nearly 2 million trips per month.
The S70 will have a new and improved modern design, with a centralized low-floor configuration offering full low-floor access between all doors along the length of the vehicle, allowing for more accessibility, particularly for wheelchairs and strollers. It widens aisles, which will optimize passenger flow throughout the vehicles. In addition, drivers will experience an increased field of vision on the sides of the vehicles. These features improve safety and efficiency, making it one of the most accessible vehicles of its kind in the market today.
The light rail vehicles will be Buy America-compliant and built by the more than 1300 employees at Siemens Mobility’s solar-powered manufacturing facility in Sacramento.