May 17, 2017

Sound Transit orders 30 extra LRVs for Seattle

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SOUND Transit, which serves the Seattle and Central Puget Sound area in Washington state, has placed an order with Siemens for 30 additional S70 type light rail vehicles (LRVs).

Through this order, Sound Transit is exercising an option in a contract that was signed in 2016, which was originally for a total of 122 LRVs.

The LRVs will be built at the Siemens plant in Sacramento, California, where the first batch is now in production. Delivery of the LRVs will take place between early 2019 and mid-2024.

“Ordering more Link cars earlier than planned is just one example of how we’re moving forward aggressively to build a light rail network that will serve up to 188 million riders a year by 2040,” says Sound Transit CEO Mr Peter Rogoff. “These additional vehicles will ensure that we will be ready in 2024 to launch service on the first two light rail extensions just adopted by Puget Sound voters in November.”

The LRVs will feature a spacious interior, real-time passenger information systems, space for luggage, bicycle space, and an energy-efficient LED lighting system.

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