Orange County selects Siemens as streetcar builder

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ORANGE, Calif. — Orange County officials say they want Siemens building vehicles for their new streetcar system.

The Orange County Transportation Authority recently approved a contract with Siemens to build eight streetcars for no more than $51.5 million for the to-be-built Orange County Streetcar system. The county has an option to order up to 10 more streetcars.

Part of Siemens' contract will also include training operators and maintenance personnel once the cars are delivered. The system is expected cost $299 million and open for service in 2020.

The cars to be delivered are Siemens S70 low-floor streetcars capable of carrying as many as 180 passengers as configured for Orange County. Similar streetcars are in use in Portland, Ore., and other streetcar systems around the world.

More information is available online.

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