Friday, August 21, 2009

Siemens delivers first of 55 LRT cars to Denver RTD

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Denver’s Regional Transportation District (RTD) said Friday it has received the first of 55 light rail vehicles for its new FasTracks fleet from Siemens Transportation Systems, which manufactured the car at the Siemens plant in Sacramento, Calif.

The new fleet will help RTD accommodate service expansion on its West Corridor, I-225 Corridor, Southeast, and Southwest extensions.

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RTD said the remaining 54 cars will arrive throughout the next 18 months. 

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“The arrival of our first light rail vehicle for the new FasTracks fleet represents a considerable milestone,” said RTD Interim General Manager Phil Washington. “This is a visible example of  our FasTracks tax dollars at work and the substantial progress being made on the FasTracks program.”

Siemens staff will inspect and test the new vehicles onsite,with the guidance of RTD staff. After that, each vehicle will undergo a 1,500-mile “burn in” period designed to ensure the safety and functionality ofthe car. During this process, the cars will be operated out-of-service throughout the existing system to test its operations.