Portland TriMet awarded Siemens Mobility a EUR 80 million mid-life overhaul service contract for Type-2 and Type-3 LRV fleet, made by up of 79 Siemens Mobility SD660 vehicles. The project is expected to be completed in 2025.
The contract has an additional option for up to EUR 25 million.
Two pilot LRVs will be overhauled at the Siemens Mobility West Coast Rail Services Hub, in greater Sacramento, California. 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.
The LRVs are among 119 Siemens Mobility vehicles that are currently being used by TriMet. Refurbishing LRVs not only prolongs the life of vehicles, many of which have been in service since the mid- to late 1990’s, 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.
“Midlife overhauls of LRVs such as this are an industry standard and vital as TriMet works diligently to provide world-class transit service that our customers can enjoy and rely on. We look forward to renewing these vehicles so they can continue to provide reliable and on-time service for riders throughout our growing light rail system for decades to come,” TriMet General Manager, Doug Kelsey, said.
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.