Siemens Mobility won the latest Light Rail Vehicle (LRV) contract from Portland’s TriMet, Oregon’s largest regional transit provider. This order will replace TriMet’s original 26 Type-1 vehicles, from another manufacturer, with Siemens Mobility’s new S700, a low-floor state-of-the-art vehicle jointly developed by TriMet and Siemens Mobility.  The contract includes options for up to 60 additional LRVs, which would accommodate additional vehicles needed for further service expansions such as the MAX Red Line Extension to Fair Complex, and the Southwest Corridor. With the completion of this new purchase, TriMet’s LRV fleet will be a fully Siemens Mobility fleet – with the first delivery expected in 2021.

Importantly, TriMet has opted to install the latest Internet-of-Things (IoT) framework to what will now be their Type 6 vehicle, ensuring that the latest rail digitalization capabilities are applied for increasing efficiencies in operations and maintenance, increasing value sustainably over their lifecycle, ultimately resulting in peak economic and passenger experience.   

“Retiring our older rail vehicles with stairs and replacing them with these new vehicles will mean the entire MAX Light Rail fleet will be all low-floor, better meeting ADA standards and creating a better experience for all riders, no matter their physical abilities,” said TriMet General Manager Doug Kelsey. “These new vehicles also are a critical part of our making transit better efforts and will make the light rail system more efficient and more reliable for our customers.”

“We are grateful for TriMet’s continued trust, which began when we first jointly developed the Type 2 fleet, North America’s first low-floor light rail vehicles in 1995,” said Michael Cahill, president of Siemens Mobility’s Rolling Stock business for North America.  “We greatly appreciate our long-standing relationship with TriMet for many reasons, but one of the most important has been the sharing of innovative advancements — which has directly fed into the latest development of our newest low-floor platform, the S700. TriMet’s progressive approach towards advancing Portland’s Light Rail system and providing their passengers with innovative solutions is truly exemplary and we are proud to be able to assist in these advancements.”

The S700 cars are the latest advancement of the S70 low-floor vehicle platform designed and manufactured by Siemens Mobility at its solar-powered facility in Sacramento, California.  They are characterized by an open and spacious low-floor interior.  The wide aisleway will make the vehicle much easier to traverse into and around for passengers, bicycles and wheelchairs, improving passenger experience. There are also energy efficiency features like LED lighting, which not only utilize less energy, but also last longer.

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