First Siemens San Fran LRV on track

Written by William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief
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Siemens hosted San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) for a behind-the-scenes look at the first of 215 California-built light rail vehicles currently under production at the Siemens rail manufacturing hub in Sacramento, Calif. The first SFMTA advanced technology S200 high-floor LRV is expected to arrive in San Francisco in December and will enter into final testing and commissioning prior to revenue service, scheduled for 2018.

The behind-the-scenes tour at Siemens nearly 1,000-person Sacramento plant, which has been in operation for more than 30 years and is powered in part by solar energy, “marks an important milestone in the manufacturing process for the 215 light rail vehicles,” Siemens noted. “The new LRV is especially energy-efficient with a regenerative braking system and LED lighting that uses up to 40 % less electricity than standard neon lighting. Additional features, based on public input gathered throughout the design process, include a sleek appearance, and new seating configurations. The vehicles are designed to be extremely reliable and are estimated to last 10 times longer before requiring significant maintenance than the previous LRVs.”

”We strongly encourage our public to ride our public transportation system, but we have to make it world class, respectable, clean and efficient. And, I think people will be proud we made the right investments,” said San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee. “The operational improvements with these light rail vehicles are significant for all riders with Siemens technology, and the fact that manufacturing is back in the state of California with Siemens leadership—I think this is a great story.”

”The demand for transit grows as the city booms. The cars we have today are aging and they are high maintenance, so to get new vehicles and to get more of them onto the streets is going to be a huge part of what makes San Francisco successful,” said Ed Reiskin, SFMTA Director of Transportation. “Siemens has been a great partner. Clearly, they are one of the best carbuilders in the world and we are really happy they are right here in California.”

”We are very excited to have Mayor Lee and representatives from SFMTA here with us in Sacramento to mark this important manufacturing milestone for these light rail vehicles that will bring a more reliable, comfortable and enjoyable riding experience for passengers throughout San Francisco,” said Michael Cahill, President of Siemens Rolling Stock. “These vehicles are being built in California, for California, and we’re proud that the work being done at our facility will help transform the way San Franciscans travel in and around the city.”


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