Siemens Mobility announced it will continue to update Calgary’s current light rail vehicle fleet with 15 additional S200 LRVs. The vehicles will replace Siemens’ original U2 vehicles, most of which have been running for almost 40 years.
“This long-standing partnership has resulted in custom-designed vehicles for Calgary’s unique operating environment,” Siemens noted. The new cars will continue to feature the unique Calgary “Mask” look, which was inspired by a hockey goalie mask, and chosen by popular vote.
Siemens has delivered more than 260 vehicles for Calgary’s light rail system. The new ones will be built at Siemens’ Sacramento facility, which is up to 80% powered by solar energy.
Siemens has been providing solutions to the Canadian transportation industry for more than 40 years, including LRVs in Edmonton and Calgary, trainsets that will be delivered to Via Rail starting in 2021, and the rail electrification of the light rail systems in Kitchener-Waterloo and Ottawa’s Confederation Line.
“These U2 cars have been reliable workhorses that have more than exceeded their expected lifetime, and we’re proud at how we’ve been able to update and replace them with our S200s,” said Michael Cahill, President of Rolling Stock for Siemens Mobility, North America. “It’s an honor to be the long-standing partner of choice for one of the largest light rail systems in North America.”