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Seattle wants 122 Siemens LRVs

Sound Transit has announced a USD 554M order for 122 new three-secton LRVs (with an option for 30 more) for the planned expansion of its light rail system. The order has been placed with Siemens Transportation of Sacramento, CA, for the S70 design, and possibly incorporating the single-ended but double-sided design used by Portland to eliminate drivers cabs in coupled sets. The new cars will have more space for passengers, luggage and bicycles.

Sound Transit bought its initial fleet of 62 cars from Kinki Sharyo, but they are all now needed as the system has grown north and south from the initial line, and patronage has boomed requiring longer trains. The new LRVs will start to arrive in 2019, in time to be used on the University of Washington-Northgate extension, and then on the Sound Transit 2 expansion package, taking the system north to 164th/Ash Way, east to Bellevue and south to Tacoma.

The new order will not cover the USD 54bn Sound Transit 3 package, which voters will have the chance to approve in this November's ballot.

26 September 2016

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