Siemens steps up in California

German railway supplier Siemens Mobility is stepping up in the US market, especially in California. The company has concluded a new order for its low-floor trams. 20 vehicles of type S700 will be delivered to the city of Sacramento.

The contract between the Sacramento Regional Transit District (SacRT), the local public transport authority, and Siemens Mobility is valued at approximately 100 million US dollars (more than 92 million euros). The order also includes an option for an additional 56 trams that could be purchased by SacRT in the future. It is the second deal between the parties since the late 1980s when SacRT purchased 36 U2A trams from Siemens Mobility.

This time, the German company will deliver the light rail vehicles with the following specifications: low-level boarding at every doorway, a spacious seating design, larger windows, improved accessibility with wider aisles, built-in storage space for luggage and areas for bicycles. Siemens Mobility also announced that the S700 trams will have improved performance and optimised availability provided by condition monitoring, remote diagnostics and predictive maintenance.

Sacramento plant

All the vehicles from the new order will be manufactured by Siemens Mobility at its plant in Florin, Sacramento County. The facility is focused on producing the locomotives, passenger carriages and trams for the North American market. “We are pleased to help dynamic cities like Sacramento meet their mobility needs. In addition, these new trains will have a strong link to the area they serve, since they will be manufactured locally right at our Sacramento plant,” noted Sabrina Soussan, CEO of Siemens Mobility. It is worth to add that Siemens plant in Sacramento is environmentally friendly, it is powered almost entirely by a two-megawatt solar installation.

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Author: Mykola Zasiadko

Mykola Zasiadko is editor of online trade magazines RailTech.com and RailFreight.com.

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