Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) has taken delivery of the first of 16 P2000 light rail vehicles that have been undergoing a midlife overhaul.
The Siemens P2000 LRVs were sent to Alstom’s Mare Isle facility in Vallejo, Calif., for the work, which began in 2017 under a $140 million-plus contract. The contract, which was awarded the same year, covers 52 P2000s.
Their overhaul—covering major systems such as propulsion, HVAC, automatic train control, auxiliary power supply, brake control, communications and doors, and trucks—is expected to allow Metro to keep the fleet in service for at least another 15 years.
The P2000s originally entered service in 1996 on the city’s A (Blue) and C (Green) lines.
Metro says it will be receiving one car per month. After performing inspection and testing at its rail maintenance centers, the cars will reenter service along the A (Blue), E (Expo) and C (Green) lines.
As more overhauled P2000s come on line, the agency will decommission the remaining ones and ship them to Alstom until all 52 are complete.