Siemens has received three follow-up orders in the USA for the supply of light rail vehicles. The transit companies for the cities of St. Louis, Houston and San Diego have ordered a total of 36 vehicles. The total volume is worth about 103 million Euros.
St. Louis, where 65 Siemens LRVs are already in service, has placed an order for 22 Type SD 460 units to operate on the city’s expanded transit network. Delivery is due to start in 2004.
Likewise in 2004, eleven Type S 70 vehicles are to be delivered to San Diego. This city in southern California already operates a fleet of 123 LRVs from Siemens and intends to use the new units for its extended system as well.
Houston, Texas is also on the order books with three more Type S 70 LRVs in addition to the 15 units already ordered from Siemens.
Siemens Transportation Systems, the railway technology group of Siemens AG, was given the order last year to build a low-floor light rail system in Houston.
The 12-km-long transit system is being constructed by Siemens as a turnkey project and is scheduled to be handed over to the customer in December 2003.
The Type S 70 LRV ordered by the transit companies in Houston and San Diego is said to represent a new modular low-floor LRV generation capable of transporting more than 200 passengers at speeds up to 100 kilometres per hour.
The vehicles will be built and supplied by the US subsidiary Siemens Transportation Systems (STS), Inc., in Sacramento, California.