Sacramento Regional Transit (SacRT) awarded Siemens Mobility a contract for the supply of 20 S700 low-floor light rail vehicles. Under the USD 100 million contract, the manufacturer will also deliver spare parts and tools.
The S700 low-floor light rail vehicles will have low-level boarding at every doorway, a spacious seating design, and larger windows for better light and views. They will feature improved accessibility with wider aisles, built-in storage space for luggage and areas for bicycles. In addition, the vehicles will have improved performance and optimized availability provided by condition monitoring, remote diagnostics and predictive maintenance.
“This purchase is a major victory for SacRT and the Sacramento region. We are committed to providing innovative mobility solutions in our region and these new 20 low-floor light rail vehicles are another step forward,” said SacRT General Manager Henry Li.
The LRVs will be built at Siemens Mobility’s Sacramento plant where a full range of vehicles from light rail and trams, to locomotives and passenger coaches are manufactured. The plant is almost entirely powered by a two-megawatt solar installation.
This is the first new order from Sacramento since the late 1980s, when the authority ordered 36 U2A vehicles from Siemens Mobility.
In April, California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA) awarded SacRT two state grants to help make major improvements to the region’s light rail system, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and support jobs. USD 27.5 million is the total funding provided through the Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program (TIRCP). SacRT will receive USD 23.6 million as part of a nearly USD 600 million Light Rail modernisation and expansion of low-floor fleet procurement and an additional USD 3.9 million funding for a USD 6 million project to support connectivity and planning at Sacramento Valley Station (SVS) to prepare for future development at the Railyards. The funding will improve the light rail and regional bus services.