The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (METRO) has awarded Siemens Mobility a contract to supply 14 S70 low-floor light rail vehicles. This is the third order by Houston METRO, bringing the total number of Siemens’ vehicles for the city’s three light rail lines to 51.
“Our light rail vehicles are built on standard platforms that can be customized to meet the unique needs of cities across the continent,” said Michael Cahill, president of Siemens Rolling Stock U.S. “In the case of Houston, not only will the zero emission vehicles help the city reach its sustainability goals, but it will also ensure that tomorrow’s residents will be able to easily access downtown and business districts with reliable and comfortable service.”
The S70 features a new design, with a centralized low-floor configuration, and wider aisles. Driver will have an increased field of vision on the sides of the vehicles. The light rail vehicles will be Buy America-compliant and built at Siemens Mobility’s solar-powered manufacturing facility in Sacramento, Calif.
Houston, which was the first city to select the S70 low-floor vehicle design, successfully inaugurated the first vehicle on its first 12-mile line in January 2004.