The Board of Directors of Seattle’s Sound Transit has approved the purchase of 30 additional light rail vehicles (LRVs) from Siemens Industry, Inc. The added vehicles will support the opening of Sound Transit's Link extension projects to Federal Way and downtown Redmond.
"With population and job growth booming across much of the Puget Sound region, we're acting now to bolster our light rail fleet so we can better serve the public and an expanding transit system," said Dave Somers, Sound Transit board chair and Snohomish County executive. "Also, by buying now, Sound Transit can save money in the long term."
Sound Transit is exercising an option to procure additional low-floor LRVs under an order placed last year with Siemens. The total number of LRVs procured under this contract is 152 cars.
"Ordering more Link cars earlier than planned is just one example of how we're moving aggressively forward to build a light rail network that will serve up to 188 million riders a year by 2040," remarked Sound Transit CEO Peter Rogoff. "By the time pre-revenue testing begins in 2024 on the first two Link extensions approved by voters last November, we'll be ready."
The new LRVs, manufactured at Siemens’ plant in Sacramento, Calif., will feature 74 seats, with larger windows, extra standing room in the center aisle, more space under seats to stow luggage, and four bicycle hooks. Each car is equipped with passenger information displays and LED destination signs.
The first LRVs from that order will be delivered in mid-2019 through the first quarter of 2024. Forty vehicles will be delivered and tested in time for the Northgate Link Extension opening in 2021, with the remainder arriving in time for deployment when testing begins on the Redmond and South King projects, which are expected to open in 2024.