San Diego’s Metropolitan Transit System Thursday awarded Siemens Transportation Systems a $205 million contract for 57 light rail vehicles specifically designed to increase consist size and avoid blocking intersections in downtown San Diego. The 60-passenger LRT cars are 81 feet long, nine feet shorter than existing ones, and will be used as part of three-car consists on C Street in downtown without blocking intersections, according to MTS.
"This is a major purchase of new vehicles and allows MTS to bring the convenience of low-floor light rail vehicles to our entires ystem," said Harry Mathis, chair of the MTS board, citing another customer convenience (while also complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act). "It also marks the beginning of a rehabilitation project for our Blue and Orange lines to significantly enhance our operations and customer experience.”
Siemens will manufacture the cars at its facility inSacramento, Calif, with delivery beginning in late 2011.