Alstom to Overhaul 52 LA Metro LRVs

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (METROhas awarded a contract worth approximately $140 million to Alstom for the midlife overhaul of 52 P2000 light rail vehicles (LRVs). The LRVs operate on Los Angeles’ Blue, Green and Expo lines.

Under the contract, Alstom will upgrade major systems such as heat, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), propulsion, automatic train control, auxiliary power supply, brake control, communications and doors. The overhaul is expected to allow METRO to keep the fleet in service for at least another 15 years.

“We are delighted that METRO has recognized and selected Alstom to overhaul the P2000 fleet based on our technical proposal, as well as our past project management experience and performance,” said Jérôme Wallut, senior vice president of Alstom North America. “Alstom is committed to serving transit agencies on America’s West Coast, and overhauling the LRVs will allow METRO to offer high quality service to its customers.”

The overhaul work, including railcar stripping, final assembly, and testing, will take place at Alstom’s Mare Island facility in Vallejo, Calif., while Alstom’s Naperville, Ill., site will provide the engineering.

Overhaul work will begin on Mare Island in July 2017 and end in 2021.