Sacramento transit agency accelerates light rail repairs after recent heat wave

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Sacramento Regional Transit officials are expediting the repair of 10 light rail vehicles to increase capacity and reduce demand on older cars after a recent heat wave negatively affected light rail service.

According to the agency, aging air conditioning systems on older light rail vehicles struggled to perform in the region’s triple-digit temperatures causing discomfort for both passengers and operators.

Now, Siemens, the manufacturer of the vehicles, and agency officials will work together to expedite the needed repairs and return service to normal levels.

“Our goal is to be better equipped to handle the next heat wave. We want our passengers to know we are aggressively pursuing solutions to improve air conditioning on the light rail system,” says Vice President of Operations Mark Lonergan.

Sacramento Regional Transit operates nearly 43 miles of light rail lines with an average weekday ridership of around 35,000 passengers. In 2015, the system hauled 12.8 million passengers.

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