Sound Transit to expand light rail fleet by 30 vehicles

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SEATTLE — Sound Transit is expanding its light rail vehicle fleet with the recent order of 30 additional Siemens-built vehicles. The new vehicles will be used on the agency’s Federal Way and downtown Redmond extension projects. The order expands on an original contract from September 2016.

To date, the agency has ordered 152 light rail vehicles from Siemens. The order also includes a $2.5-million agreement for the supplier to provide additional spare parts as needed by the transit agency.

According to a Siemens news release, the new vehicles will feature sleek interiors that can accommodate more passengers. The vehicles will also have space for four bicycles per car and will be equipped with LED lighting systems. The cars will be built at Siemens’ rail production plant in Sacramento, Calif.

The first light rail vehicle is expected to arrive in early 2019.

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