Brookville Equipment to build six streetcars for Tempe, Ariz.

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BROOKVILLE, Pa. — Brookville Equipment Corp. officials say they've received a contract to build six off-wire capable streetcar vehicles for Valley Metro’s Tempe streetcar project in Arizona.

The Liberty streetcars will operate along a new streetcar corridor currently under construction in the Phoenix region. The streetcars will include on-board battery storage to allow them to travel on segments without overhead catenary. The batteries will then recharge while connected to areas where there is catenary.

Tempe will be the fifth city to operate Brookville’s off-wire capable streetcars. Systems in Dallas and Detroit currently use the streetcars. Brookville is also building a fleet of Liberty streetcars for use on Oklahoma City, Okla., and Milwaukee’s upcoming streetcar systems.

The company plans to deliver the streetcars by 2020, ahead of the streetcar line’s start-up of service. The cars will be designed and manufactured at the company’s Pennsylvania facility.

Valley Metro’s Tempe streetcar project is a 3.4-mile streetcar system that is an extension of Valley Metro’s light rail system. It will connect parts of downtown Phoenix with the Tempe campus of Arizona State University.

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