GREATER Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (GCRTA) has selected Siemens Mobility to supply 24 S200 LRVs to replace the Red Line fleet of stainless steel metro trains. The deal includes options for an additional 36 vehicles to replace the LRV fleets on GCRTA’s Blue and Green lines.

Delivery of the new LRVs is scheduled to take place within four years. The high-floor vehicles will feature two door heights for high and low platform access, allowing the LRVs to operate across the entire 45.8km network.

Additional options may be exercised as modifications are made to the Blue and Green line platforms, GCRTA and Siemens said in a statement.

GCRTA received a $US 130m grant from the Federal Transit Administration to support the procurement. This was funded from the FY22/23 Rail Vehicle Replacement Program, a new funding initiative created by the federal government’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

GCRTA and Siemens will develop the final vehicle design over the next 15 months ahead of manufacturing taking place at Siemens’ plant in Sacramento, California. Each LRV will feature 52 seats, four wheelchair areas, two bicycle racks, and an infotainment system.

GCRTA’s existing fleet consists of 40 metro trains supplied by Tokyu, which entered service on the Red Line in 1984-85, and 48 LRVs supplied by Breda, which entered service on the Blue and Green lines in 1980-81.

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