Charlotte opens light rail extension

Charlotte (N.C.) Area Transit System (CATS) opened an extension to its 9.3-mile Lynx Blue Line light rail line on March 16.

Tenth anniversary for NCTD Sprinter

California’s North County Transit District celebrated the 10th anniversary of its Sprinter hybrid light rail commuter system March 9.

Atlanta Streetcaer

Siemens and Atlanta Streetcar in data partnership agreement

Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA), which operates the Atlanta Streetcar 2.7-mile Downtown Loop light rail line, has contracted with Siemens to maintain the fleet of four S70 LRVs which it supplied prior to the opening of the line in December 2014.

Charlotte sets Blue Line extension opening

Charlotte’s LYNX Blue Line Extension will open March 16, completing a $1.1-billion project to add 9.3 miles and 11 stations to the North Carolina city’s light rail system.

Siemens ships first ACS-64 locomotive for SEPTA

The first ACS-64 electric locomotive for Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) has left Siemens’ plant in Sacramento, Calif., bound for Philadelphia.

Siemens LRVs enter Muni service

Siemens, San Francisco’s Municipal Transportation Agency, and city officials celebrated the first Siemens-built light rail vehicle entering revenue service.

Siemens in, Nippon Sharyo out of Caltrans pact

Confirming a change by its contract partner, Caltrans amended its $317-million contract for new passenger cars, replacing Nippon Sharyo with Siemens, which will join with Sumitomo Corp. of America to fulfill the delayed multi-state order. Other details of the order were changed as well.

Siemens invests in Wi-Tronix

Siemens has made a “significant strategic equity investment” in Wi-Tronix, a supplier of remote monitoring, video analytics, and predictive diagnostic systems for rail rolling stock and infrastructure and other industrial markets. The investment is equivalent to a minority interest in Wi-Tronix, which will continue to conduct business as a standalone, founder-led company out of its Bolingbrook, Ill., headquarters. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Siemens and Alstom announce “merger of equals”

It’s official: Siemens AG and Alstom SA have signed a Memorandum of Understanding “granting exclusivity to combine mobility businesses in a merger of equals.” The combination is largely viewed as a move to remain competitive in a global market in which Chinese rolling stock manufacturers have gained considerable market share. Based on how the merged company, “Siemens Alstom,” will be structured and named, Siemens is the lead company, with 6 of 11 board members.

Siemens joins San Diego LRT extension project

Mid-Coast Transit Constructors, the joint venture of Stacy and Witbeck, Herzog and Skanska building the San Diego Metropolitan Transportation System (MTS) 10.9-mile Mid-Coast Corridor light rail extension project, has selected Siemens Mobility to provide automation/signaling and traction power systems. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.