TriMet unveils next generation of light rail equipment

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TriMet's new "Type 5" car No. 521.
PORTLAND, Ore. – Portland area transit agency TriMet has shown a preview of its new “Type 5” MAX light rail vehicle in suburban Gresham. The agency is purchasing 18 Type 5 vehicles as part of the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project, which will open as its Orange Line in September 2015.

TriMet General Manager Neil McFarlane says riders will notice some improvements compared to the earlier generation of Type 4 trains they’re modeled after.

“We made changes to these new trains that will make it more comfortable for our riders, including adding more seats, more capacity, more leg room, and improved boarding for riders who use mobility devices. These changes were prompted by feedback from our riders who helped make these vehicles better to ride,” said McFarlane.

Unit No. 521 arrived from Sacramento, Calif., in late September, and the second Type 5 vehicle arrives this week. All trains are scheduled to arrive by April 2015. As these are the first vehicles in this new generation, both vehicles will go through an even more rigorous testing period. It includes a 4,000-mile “burn-in” testing period and safety certification before it can go into service. The 16 additional vehicles will go through a 1,000-mile testing period and safety certification.

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