Siemens wins new contracts for light-rail lines

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Two major transit systems are awarding Siemens contracts for light rail vehicles.

The Denver Regional Transportation District and Twin Cities Metro Transit both ordered vehicles from the international rail company according to a Monday announcement. The Denver order is for $112 million to build an additional 29 SD-160 light rail vehicles. The contract extends a 22-year relationship between Siemens and RTD and will bring the Siemens’ fleet operating on the RTD light rail system to more than 200 vehicles. The new vehicles will be interoperable with the current system. The cars will be built at the Siemens' factory in Sacramento and are expected to be delivered in early 2018.

Twin Cities Metro Transit has exercised an option for five S70 vehicles at a cost of $20.1 million. They will add to the existing 59 vehicles currently in operation on the Green and Blue lines and will be added to the fleet as ridership grows. The S70s will also be built in Sacramento, and are designed and built specifically for the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. The vehicles will include improved insulation for noise reduction and comfort during the summer and winter months, enhanced braking technology, and internal and external light-emitting diode lighting.
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