Portland’s TriMet ordered 26 low-floor S700 LRVs from Siemens Mobility which will replace the original 26 Type-1 vehicles. The contract includes an option for up to 60 additional LRVs, which would accommodate additional vehicles needed for further service expansions such as the MAX Red Line extension to Fair Complex, and the Southwest Corridor.
With the completion of this new procurement, TriMet’s LRV fleet will be a fully Siemens Mobility fleet, with the first delivery expected in 2021.
TriMet has opted to install the latest Internet-of-Things (IoT) framework to what will now be their Type 6 vehicle, ensuring that the latest rail digitalization capabilities are applied for increasing efficiencies in operations and maintenance, increasing value sustainably over their lifecycle, and ultimately resulting in peak economic and passenger experience.
“Retiring our older rail vehicles with stairs and replacing them with these new vehicles will mean the entire MAX Light Rail fleet will be all low-floor, better meeting ADA standards and creating a better experience for all riders, no matter their physical abilities,” TriMet General Manager, Doug Kelsey, said.
The new vehicles will be manufactured at Siemens Mobility’s plant in Sacramento. They will be more spacious, wide aisleway, special places for bicycles and passengers with reduced mobility, and they will be fitted with LED lighting.
MAX LRT network comprises five lines which connects Portland City Center with Beaverton, Clackamas, Gresham, Hillsboro, Milwaukie, North/Northeast Portland and Portland International Airport.