Alstom selected to modernize Los Angeles P2000 light rail cars

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A Metro Gold Line train runs along 53rd Avenue near Pasedena in April 2009. The train consists of Siemens P2000 cars soon to be rebuilt by Alstom at its Mare Island facility.
Joseph M. Calisi
LOS ANGELES – Alstom has been awarded a contract worth more than $140 million by Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority to perform the midlife overhaul of 52 Siemens-built P2000 light rail vehicles, which operate on Los Angeles’ Blue, Green, and Expo lines. The scope of the overhaul includes the upgrade of major systems such as propulsion, HVAC, automatic train control, auxiliary power supply, brake control, communications and doors, as well as the trucks. The overhaul is expected to enable the agency to keep the fleet in service for at least another 15 years.

“We are delighted that Metro has recognized and selected Alstom to overhaul the P2000 fleet based on our technical proposal, as well as our past project management experience and performance," says Jérôme Wallut, senior vice president of Alstom North America. "Alstom is committed to serving transit agencies on America’s West Coast, and overhauling the LRVs will allow METRO to offer high quality service to its customers"

Alstom will perform the overhaul work at its Mare Island facility in Vallejo in Northern California. This facility will perform the stripping, final assembly, and testing. Alstom’s Naperville, Ill., site will provide the required engineering for the project. The first vehicles to be overhauled will arrive in Mare Island in July 2017, with the last overhauled LRVs returning to service in 2021.

Alstom expects the overhaul program to create about 45 local jobs through the course of the contract. Furthermore, Alstom is committed to more than 70 percent U.S. domestic content in the LRV overhaul program, which meets the applicable FTA’s Buy America Act requirements.

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